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

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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 section focus piece addresses work with the tool across the reach of Argyll and Bute administrative area.

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.

Download this Case Study to find out more about how Argyll and Bute Council have used the Place Standard tool. This focus piece includes two perspectives from a Community Planning officer and a Spatial Planning officer for the same 2017 consultation in Argyll and Bute. 

Area wide engagement results using the Place Standard Tool

Between May and October 2019, the Community Planning Partnership (CPP) used the Place Standard tool to engage residents in Argyll and Bute on how they feel about the place(s) that they live and work in Argyll and Bute. 1,558 responses were received and you can find out more here:


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).

Access the Place Standard tool (web version) here.

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.

(This post was updated in July 2018)

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