6. Engagement and empowerment

This section will be populated with actions that are taken to deliver the policy commitments related to engagement and empowerment


 Design processes should harness and utilise the knowledge of communities and encourage active participation in the process, to deliver places with local integrity and relevance.  Engagement must be meaningful, early and proportionate.


Action Plan Commitment Delivery Actions

We will strengthen and promote community participation in design and planning through initiatives such as charrettes, and other participatory design methods.

A £120,000 fund to support town centre charrettes has been announced (for 2014-2015) and applications are invited for the first round of these by 21st August 2014.


This programme will run in parallel with the Scottish Government’s Local Development Plan charrette programme, for which £100,000 has been allocated (2014-2015).  Applications closed for a first round of LDP charrettes on 14th August 2014.


These charrette projects will take place in the period up to March 2015.


We will identify and promote a range of best practice examples of meaningful community engagement in the design process and inclusive design and accessibility in the public realm. We will share these widely to encourage a culture of inclusivity and participation.


We will work with the outcomes of theTown Centre Review to take forward recommendations on the impact of planning and design.

In July 2013, the External Advisory Group undertaking the National Town Centre Review, published its findings in the report Community and Enterprise in Scotland’s Town Centres   

The Scottish Government has now published its response, the Town Centre Action Plan,  which was launched on 7th November 2013.

The Action Plan includes a section on pro-active planning which is being taken forward.

The Scottish Government has committed £2m towards a fund to bring empty town centre properties into residential use. Working with the outcomes of the Town Centre Review, we will explore opportunities for this fund and further initiatives to bring empty properties and spaces back into use for the good of communities and their local economies.


We will work with the outcomes of the Community Empowerment Bill to ensure that good design plays a key role in developing and enhancing community assets.

The role of community empowerment is being taken into account within the development of the Place Standard.  This work will help to ensure that the benefits of good design are promoted to communities to maximise the benefits of community owned assets and enhance the outcomes for communities. 

We will consult with stakeholders on the impact of constitutional change on the regulation of the architecture profession in Scotland.

We have had engagement with a range of organisations and professional bodies on the implications of constitutional reform on the architecture professions. 

Scotland’s Future, the White Paper on Scottish Independence sets out the position in relation to regulated professions such as architecture (Question 88).

We are preparing to consult further on the implications of independence and opportunities that this has for architectural education.