Small Town Scotland. Review of 2012 BEFS Congress

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On Tuesday 20 November 2012, Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) held their third annual congress ‘Small Town Scotland’ at Linlithgow Burgh Halls. The aim of the Congress was to profile small towns in Scotland, focusing on threats they face; opportunities they present; and their potential to become economic drivers.

The Congress was held in the context of a number of recent Scottish Government policy reviews including a new architecture and placemaking policy; the Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill; planning reform; the Town Centre Regeneration Strategy; and the historic environment policy review.

The event featured presentations from representatives of The Scottish Government, practitioners and consultants including Derek Mackay MSP, Minister for Local Government & Planning who highlighted a need to align the various policies.

A+DS have produced a summary report of the event in association with BEFS. The paper is part of a series of reports on recent events which focus on the regeneration of Scotland’s towns:

  • Review of the 2012 Scotland’s Towns Conference
  • Towns as Verbs’: Reflections on ‘The role of a modern town centre in 21st century Scotland’ workshop
  • Low carbon towns – a summary of the presentation to the RTPI Scotland conference (coming soon)
  • Place resilience and town centres – observations from Scotland (coming soon)

Headline Image: Derek Mackay MSP speaking at the congress (Image courtesy of Abigail Daly)


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