05. We will continue to implement and embed the regeneration outcomes as articulated in our Regeneration Strategy. As a priority, we will implement the Town Centre Action Plan, including by taking forward a series of demonstration projects including a programme of town centre charrettes

Implementation Lead(s): Scottish Government

Locations: Various

Further reading:
 Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative Charrette Mainstreaming Programme
Scottish Government Regeneration Strategy ‘Achieving a Sustainable Future’
Scottish Government Town Centre Action Plan
Town Centre Planning Pilots
Town Centre Action Plan – Two Years On Report

Environmental Mitigation: None identified

Ongoing Activity and Milestones:
 January 2014 – April 2015 – 13 Town Centre Charrettes held in across Scotland (Neilston, Bridgend, Elgin, South Queensferry, and Port Glasgow,. Maybole, Clydebank, Whitburn, Denny, Carnoustie, Crieff/ Aberfeldy/ Auchterarder, and Dunblane. Proposals for projects with a town centre focus at Tranent and Elgin also supported through the Local Development Plan Charrette Mainstreaming programme

2014 on – Reports from the Town Centre charrette programme are being made available as they become available on the Scottish Government’s website .

Summer 2014 – The Scottish Cabinet and COSLA Leaders agree Town Centre First Principle for Scotland.

April 15, 2015 – Town Centre Toolkit launched.  The development of the toolkit was a key commitment of the Town Centre Action Plan.  The toolkit contains ideas and examples of how people and organisations can make their town centre more attractive, more active and more accessible.

November 9, 2015 –Publication of  7 case studies and ‘How To Guides’ from the Town Centre Planning Pilots programme demonstrating innovative approaches to simplify planning processes, and proactive planning ideas to attract people into town centres.

Nov 2015-Mar 2016 –  £1.7m Town Centre Communities Capital Fund – 20 community organisations received funding to support capital projects which will make real and lasting improvements to town centres across Scotland.  The projects will further unlock the potential of public assets in town centres, improve amenity and first impressions of a place in line with the Town Centre Action Plan, the Town Centre First Principle and guidance available through the Town Centre Toolkit.

December 2015 – 17 Projects selected for the 2015-16 charrette mainstreaming programme which focusses on linkages between town centre action plans and community plans, and linking community planning and spatial planning processes.

December 10, 2015 – Launch of Place Standard: How Good is Our Place tool.  The tool provides an evaluation framework for place quality to support communities, service providers and industry to adopt a collaborative and assets based approach to development.  The tool can be applied to a variety of contexts, including town centre and regeneration initiatives.

December 2016 – Summer 2017:  12 projects selected for 2016-17 charrette programme focussing on linking community planning with spatial planning, town centre regeneration and community-led charrettes.  7 projects were also awarded Activating Ideas funding, to help support the delivery of previous community participation processes.


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