Place Skills for Housing Module 1 – Locating for Place Quality

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The focus of the Place Skills for Housing series is on supporting better place quality through considering location and place priorities for new housing led developments, as one important element of whole place planning.

This skills module recognises the important role that Local Development and Housing Investment Plans play in establishing principles about the location and form of housing led development which impact on place quality.

In this module you will learn:

  • How to… Establish Place Leadership
  • How to… Engage others
  • How to… Develop Whole Place Priorities
  • How to… Develop Local Place Priorities
  • How to… Brief for Place Quality in Plans and Strategies
  • Which tools and methods to employ to get the best results

The methods and approaches have been informed by A&DS’ work supporting partners across Scotland to take a place-based approach. The material will complement broader place-based thinking over wide geographies through: Strategic or Local Development Plans; Local Housing Strategies; Strategic Housing Investment Plans or Area Development Frameworks.

The materials are intended to support early stage thinking and could inform evidence gathering or Strategic Environmental Assessment stage of your new Development Plan, and early stage thinking about Local Housing Strategies or Strategic Housing Investment Plans.

While the focus of the module is housing led development, the methods and approaches promote ‘whole place’ thinking and are applicable to broader areas of place-based working.

By following the snapshot steps and completing the associated templates, you will understand how to apply a place-based approach to housing as part of your development plan or housing strategy process.

Accompanying the steps are a series of practical resources to help you establish the conditions for success in your place.

Further modules will follow in the new year on Briefing and Influencing for Place Quality.

This content will be developed to better support online learning.

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