Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – North Ayrshire Focus

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Place Standard in Planning: Architecture and Design Scotland has developed a series of Case Studies to illustrate how the Place Standard tool has been used. The case studies also provide information about the perceptions of, and knowledge gained in using the tool.

Each case study demonstrates how the Place Standard has been used including spatial planning, community planning, design and development.

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 hear from two officers from North Ayrshire Council who share their experiences of using the Place Standard tool to involve local communities in setting the strategic priorities of new Locality Partnerships for six North Ayrshire localities (Arran, Garnock, Irvine, Kilwinning, North Coast & Cumbraes and The Three Towns). This initial strategic, area-wide approach then led to a more place-based focus at settlement scale for Kilwinning and the Three Towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston.

It shows a sequential, iterative process and highlights the influence that priority-setting in this way has had on the Council, community planning partner organisations and local communities.

The initiative in North Ayrshire was part of an award-winning programme of engagement, developed with the Consultation Institute, to co-produce Locality Partnerships and their priorities and action plans.

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.

(This post was updated in June 2019)

The Place Standard Case Studies

This series of case studies from A&DS illustrates how the Place Standard tool has been used in a variety of ways.

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