The Place Standard Case Studies

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This series of case studies from Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) illustrates how the Place Standard tool has been used in a variety of ways and at a range of scales to inform spatial planning community planning, design and development.

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

 

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Examples Relevance Of The Tool? Case Study Links

Use By Developers And Investors

  • Housing development business planning
  • Housing Masterplanning
  • Regeneration Planning
  • Town Centre action planning
  • Active Travel Infrastructure Planning
“Allowed housing masterplan to be tested and impacts of change assessed in terms of local needs”
  • Baseline data for investment planning
  • Evidence of local needs
  • Design team brief
  • Test Capacity of prospective housing sites
  • Baseline data for site assessment

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Scotia Homes Site Briefs in Angus and Perthshire

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Development Site Scale

Multi- generational housing and town centre investment in Alloa

Case Study: Place Standard and its use in Alloa by Clackmannanshire Council

Glasgow Active Travel Investment Planning and Design

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Development Site Scale

North Staneyhill, Lerwick Housing Masterplan

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Development Site Scale

  Examples Relevance Of The Tool? Case Study Links

Use By Communities Taking Action   

  • Community Place Plans
  • Lobbying for improvement
  • Funding bids
  • Design Charettes
“Catalyst to local groups collaborating on spatial development and community regeneration”
  • Voice and Influence
  • Establish community brief for local improvement
  • Baseline evidence for funding bids
  • Enabler of change for community organisations  (e.g. Development Trust or Community Council)
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East Pollockshields Regeneration Design Charette

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Neighbourhood Scale 

 Leith Docks development Framework Design Charette

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – City District Scale

 Portmoak Parish Community Priorities

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Neighbourhood Scale 

Kincardine Regeneration Design Charrette

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Settlement Scale

  Examples Relevance Of The Tool? Case Study Links

Use For Design And Improvement Of Neighbourhoods

  • Local Place Plans
  • Development Briefs
  • Area Masterplans
  • Community Consultation and Engagement
  • Co-design and  community empowerment
  • Design Charrettes
“Rounded engagement the community seems to enjoy”
  • Engage seldom heard groups
  • Identify area-based improvement needed
  • Baseline data for local place plan, development briefs or masterplan
  • Priority Setting
  • Action Planning
  • Specialist focus e.g. World Heritage Site management
  • Site assessment
  • Community Brief for Design Charette
  • Track design development change over time e.g ‘as existing’ and ‘as proposed’
  • Build inter-disciplinary dialogue and dataset

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Edinburgh Southside and Corstorphine Place Briefs and Area Masterplans

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Neighbourhood Scale 

Portlethan Town Centre Local Place Plan/Local Development Plan

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Settlement Scale

Kirkwall Place Plan/ Local Development Framework

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Settlement Scale

East Pollockshields Regeneration Design Charette

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Neighbourhood Scale 

Leith Docks development Framework Design Charette

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – City District Scale

Kincardine Regeneration Design Charrette

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Settlement Scale

  Examples Relevance Of The Tool? Case Study Links

Use For Planning Community Services

  • Locality Planning
  • Local Outcome Improvement Planning
  • Strategic Housing Investment Planning
“Detailed commentary gave a picture of perceptions in every community in Argyll and Bute leading to place-specific community action plans.”
  • Data for use across Local Authority services
  • Data for use across Community Planning Partnership agencies
  • Political engagement in a place-based approach
  • Gather qualitative baseline data (alongside demographic data/SIMD)
  • Priority Setting
  • Community Action Plans
  • Community Settlement Briefs
  • Community Empowerment

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Shetland Islands Local Development Plan / Locality Plan consultation

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Local Authority Scale

Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan /Locality Plan consultation

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Focus on Argyll and Bute Council

West Dunbartonshire MIR/Locality Plan consultation

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Local Authority Scale

North Ayrshire Three Towns Locality Plan/Charette

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Focus on North Ayrshire Council

  Examples Relevance Of The Tool? Case Study Links

Use For Development Planning At A Strategic Scale

  • Strategic Development Frameworks
  • Local Development Plans
  • Local Development Frameworks
  • Main Issue Report Monitoring Statements
“Impact on wider LA policy including housing strategy, transport strategy, Health and Social Care Partnerships joint strategic commissioning plan and economic development action plan”
  • Establish place-based approach amongst Local Authority services, Community Planning Partnership, Health & Social Care Partnership
  • Gather qualitative baseline data alongside demographic data/SIMD
  • Origin of planning Briefs
  • Input to Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Input to Action Planning
  • Community Empowerment
  • Engagement of local politicians
  • Engage seldom heard groups
  • Test feedback on prospective housing sites

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Shetland Islands Local Development Plan /Locality Plan consultation

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Local Authority Scale

Argyll and Bute Local Development Plan /Locality Plan consultation

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Focus on Argyll and Bute Council

Dundee City Council Local Development Plan /Main Issues consultation

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – City District Scale

West Dunbartonshire Main Issues/Locality Plan consultation

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Local Authority Scale

South Lanarkshire Main Issues consultation

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Local Authority Scale

North Ayrshire Local Development Plan  housing  site selection and  Strategic Environmental Assessment

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Development Site Scale

  Examples Relevance Of The Tool? Case Study Links

Use For Research And Learning From Experience

  • Post occupancy review
  • Research
  • Continuous improvement
“Has provided learning, research and knowledge as ways of empowering communities and promoting benefits for future regeneration”
  • Track change and improvement over time
  • Share Learning

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St Andrews Drive, Glasgow, Go Well Panel  review.

Case Study: Place Standard in Planning – Neighbourhood Scale 

Place Standard in Planning Case Studies

Some of the case studies are grouped at different scales.  These reflect the scale and perspective of the communities and organisations involved .  This is the full list:

Find out more about Architecture and Design Scotland’s work on The Place Standard.

 

 

Housing Typology Case Studies

These examples illustrate where architects and urban designers have reconciled functions of the individual house that are integral to placemaking.

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