What is the Place Principle?
The Place Principle is where people, location and resources combine to create a sense of identity and purpose. It plays a crucial role in addressing the needs and realising the full potential of communities.
It asks that all those responsible for providing services and looking after assets in a place work and plan together, with local communities, to improve the lives of people, support inclusive and sustainable economic growth and create more successful places.
The Place Principle was developed by our partners in the public and private sectors, the third sector and communities, to help us articulate a clear vision for Scotland’s places.
Featured case studies
Explore our range of case studies where you can see how the Place Principle has been implemented and the impact it has had.
Alva PathfinderView case study
Carbon conscious towns in ScotlandView case study
Studies in shared learning spacesView case study
Our commitment to the Place Principle
Improving our places is long-term commitment which requires stamina, passion and wide-ranging participation from all our partners.
A more joined-up, collaborative and participative approach to services, land and buildings – across all sectors within a place – enables better outcomes for everyone. It increases opportunities for people and communities to shape their own lives.
We are committed to lead on the spatial aspects of the Place Principle – that is to say how people live, learn, work and play in relation to a place – to transform how Scotland’s places are planned, designed, delivered and sustained.
This means we will gather evidence and promote a common understanding of the benefits of a whole-place approach.
You can find more information on how we work together to ensure all of the above happens right here.
Working with our partners
The Place Principle is based upon a shared understanding of what a place is for and what it wants to become, with partners and communities collaboratively agreeing the joint actions required to make that happen. We can help provide support and resources to allow us to work together to achieve better places.
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