Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Neighbourhood Scale

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Case studies are organised around the scale at which the Place Standard Tool has been applied by the groups involved. The case studies in this section address work with the tool at neighbourhood scale.

Hear from those involved their rational for using the tool, their methods and approach to empowering local communities, the impact this has had and their lessons learned.

The practitioners and organisations featured explain their reasons for using the tool, the methods they applied when doing so, their approach to empowering local communities and the impact that this has had. They also share their perceptions of the tool, the knowledge gained in using it, as well any valuable lessons learned and worth sharing with others.

Download this Case Study to read about some of the more in-depth work and how community empowerment in planning is being carried out using the Place Standard at a neighbourhood scale. These case studies demonstrate the use of the tool in a number of ways and for a range of purposes: 

  • As part of a design charrette to develop a community-led regeneration brief for East Pollokshields, Glasgow
  • In a ‘grassroots’ consultation to guide priorities for a Community Council in Perth & Kinross 
  • As a framework for a learning workshop to share experiences of regeneration in a GoWell study area of Glasgow
  • Embedded in local authority engagement to inform spatial policy for neighbourhoods across Edinburgh.

Benefits for the respective communities have been manifold: getting a range of people – including young people and those from ethnic minorities – involved in planning; identifying gaps and prioritising areas for improvement, and using the structure and accessibility of the tool as a mechanism to share learning. 

What is the Place Standard?

The Place Standard tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. It allows you to think about the physical elements of a place (for example its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (for example whether people feel they have a say in decision making).

Access the Place Standard tool (web version) here.

The tool provides prompts for discussions, allowing you to consider all the elements of a place in a methodical way. The tool pinpoints the assets of a place as well as areas where a place could improve.

The Place Standard can benefit all new and existing communities and can also help tackle health inequalities.

The tool has been built jointly by NHS Health Scotland, the Scottish Government and Architecture & Design Scotland.

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