TAYplan: Strategic Use Change 2035-2050

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TAYplan Strategic Development Plan Authority and partners, including Architecture + Design Scotland, has commissioned a study to consider the impact of social, economic and environmental changes over the next twenty to forty years on the way people live their lives in the TAYplan area, which includes Dundee City, Perth and Kinross, Angus and Fife, and consider how this should influence land use strategy.

The study is in 2 phases:

  • Phase 1 consists of a scoping exercise of existing research relating to twenty one drivers of change identified in the study brief. Material identified by the key stakeholders and the research team came from academic, governmental and private sector sources. A total of 122 relevant documents were reviewed covering all of the specified drivers of change.
  • Phase 2 of the study aims to prioritise and develop a number of specific research questions for future study in collaboration with the project funders and other TAYplan stakeholders.

The findings of the Phase 1 report “TAYplan: Strategic Land Use Change 2035-2050“, which was produced by the Universities of Dundee, Abertay and St Andrews, are organised around eight broad challenges which are likely to influence the form and function of the TAYplan region over the next twenty to forty years:

  • Managing resource use efficiently
  • Moving to low carbon, efficient energy supplies
  • Changing economy
  • Increasing use of ICT and impact on delivery and use of public services
  • Increasing significance of place
  • Changing demographics and health
  • Infrastructure and transport
  • Responding to climate change

The main research gaps identified fall into four categories:

  • Scaling: there is considerable wider research (national and international) but the implications or significance for the Tayplan region has not been studied;
  • Integration: interesting and relevant research relating to the TAYplan area exists but the majority of these studies are subject or agency specific;
  • Process: a number of the studies were concerned with new or evolving methods, approaches and processes (assessment tools, scenario planning, transition etc) which could be applied to TAYplan;
  • Timescale: much of the work deals with the short or medium term with relatively few longer term studies considering the implications of change for land use.

The report (and annexes) can be downloaded from the TAYplan website.

Phase 2 of the study will begin in March 2013.


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