Helping Communities to Bring Vacant land Back To Use

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The Scottish Government has announced that Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) will lead the national roll out of the Legacy 2014 programme Stalled Spaces Scotland, aimed at supporting local authorities and communities to bring derelict and vacant land back in to temporary use to benefit communities. This launch represents the 54th national Legacy 2014 programme.

Drawing learning from the award winning Stalled Spaces initiative led by Glasgow City Council, Architecture and Design Scotland will provide support and guidance for local authorities across Scotland to develop their own local Stalled Spaces initiatives.

To align with the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan and the Town Centre First Principle the programme will primarily look at stalled spaces located within town centres to empower people to bring these spaces back into positive use for the benefit for the whole community.

Local authorities can find out more about participating in the project here.

Karen Anderson, Chair of A&DS said “With the national Stalled Spaces programme we are looking to support communities to reactivate vacant or derelict spaces within town centres all across Scotland.

The projects can range from art installations and growing spaces to temporary events and pop-up play spaces that can help the community to come together. We will welcome innovative ideas and will be providing support to Local authorities who will run the day to day delivery of the locally based Stalled Spaces programmes.”

Find out more about our recent Starting not Stalling Event here.

Local Government and Planning Minister Derek Mackay said: “The Legacy 2014 Stalled Spaces Programme is another example of the Games being used as a catalyst to empower communities across Scotland to change their lives for the better.

“This is an opportunity for communities to work with local authority partners, get creative and come up with quirky ideas to transform derelict land.

“It will not only inject some life into areas that were previously lying empty, but it will give communities a sense of ownership and allow them to show off their local areas in new and imaginative ways.

“Stalled Spaces ties in with the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Action Plan that seeks to promote town centres as vibrant, attractive and safe places where local people want to spend their time and money.”

Bailie Liz Cameron, Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Development, said: “I’m delighted that Glasgow’s pioneering Stalled Spaces initiative is being rolled out to the rest of the country. The project has proved a huge success with communities since Glasgow City Council launched it in 2011 and gained international recognition – winning the City to City FAD Award from the City of Barcelona.

“It has helped transform more than 75 Stalled Spaces in Glasgow. Each of these projects not only breathed new life into an unused site but also fostered social cohesion and encouraged physical activity by empowering residents to enhance their neighbourhood and engage with nature and the arts. It is wonderful that Glasgow has sown the seeds for a national scheme and we are happy to be able to pass on the lessons we have learned to other towns and cities.

“We will also be showcasing the national project as part of Glasgow’s Green Year 2015, supporting the city’s aspirations of becoming a European role model for sustainability.

Starting in the summer of 2014 A&DS will help identify and develop up to 30 Stalled Spaces sites across Scotland by December 2016. The Stalled Spaces Scotland programme forms part of the Legacy2014 programme aimed at creating a long-term legacy from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games for all of Scotland’s people.

A&DS will take forward a programme of consultation with local authorities, producing a guidance document and hold a seminar to inspire and support local authorities, business improvement groups and communities to take their own projects forward.

Anyone looking for further information on how to get involved with the project please contact

Image by Lenny Warren
(L-R) Bailie Liz Cameron, Glasgow City Council, Derek Mackay, Minister for Planning and Local Government and Karen Anderson, Chair, Architecture and Design Scotland, pictured at the Greyfriars Garden Stalled Spaces Project in the Merchant City, Glasgow.


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