Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Settlement 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 focus on working at village, town or settlement 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.

Download this Case Study that shows the tool being put to use to inform a range of policies, frameworks and plans for improvement, development and regeneration at settlement scale. They demonstrate use of the tool in:

  • A design charrette to identify opportunities for improvement in Kincardine, Fife
  • A two-stage charrette to inform a new place plan for Kirkwall, Orkney
  • An iterative series of community events to inform a settlement statement and establish a community brief for improvements in Portlethen, Aberdeenshire.
  • Mapping work and settlement plans co-designed with East Ayrshire communities.

The separate focus piece highlights strategic work in North Ayrshire that started by addressing wider Locality areas and led to a focus on settlements such as Kilwinning and the Three Towns of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston. 

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.

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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