In this focus piece, partner organisations Clackmannanshire (Clacks) Council and Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSI) share their experiences of applying the Place Standard to facilitate first professional collaboration and then community consultation, to inform housing design and town centre investment in Alloa.
Over the coming years, Clackmannanshire Council, along with the Business Improvement District (BID) body Alloa First, is delivering improvements to the town centre of Alloa, with an emphasis on re-introducing housing to the town centre and meeting the needs of the elderly population. The starting point of the initiative was a development of new multi-generational housing by Kingdom Housing Association in Alloa town centre. Following a design workshop with Architecture & Design Scotland (A&DS), and given local political sensitivities, the council recognised that an improvement of local services and infrastructure were required alongside the new housing to meet the needs of elderly residents. Two stages of Place Standard work followed.
The first stage (supported by A&DS and Scottish Government (SG)), tested requirements for the town centre. The second stage was a major community consultation in early 2019, led by the council and Alloa First, and facilitated by CTSI. These events were catalysts for change including new multi-generational housing, a new town centre masterplan, local infrastructure improvements, and service planning including care in the community.
Place Standard Case Studies
The case studies are organised around the scale at which the Place Standard Tool has been applied by the groups involved. The case study in this focus piece addresses work at town centre and site scale by Clackmannanshire Council.
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.
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).
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.