• Confidence
  • Guidance
  • Process

Designing Streets outlines a role for local contextual guidance on streets. Many local authorities in Scotland develop their own guidance covering street design. Following research into the implementation of Designing Streets Scottish Government encourages local authorities to update guidance, where it is still outdated, towards an integration of placemaking and technical design requirements. We developed ‘5 benchmarks’ for local street guidance to refer to when producing any guidance that impacts upon street design at a local level:

1. Location-Specific focus on distinct character and circumstances of place

2. Concise don’t repeat national guidance

3. Accessible language is for multi-disciplinary use/ easy to find on website

4. Joined-up created and used by planners and roads engineers

5. Flexible illustrate design-led options not fixed standards

Working with local authorities we transformed these criteria into a ‘storyboard’. This template is a step-by-step technique that shows a clear vision for all those involved - especially planners and roads engineers – of how integrated guidance on streets and placemaking can take shape. During 2014-15 we have supported creative workshops where we have used the template to draw local ‘storyboards’, leading to the production of new exemplar guidance here:

  • - Falkirk Council (new guidance now published! – follow the link)
  • - Renfrewshire Council (new guidance now published! – follow the link)
  • - Angus Council (guidance to be published in 2016)

This template should be used with close reference to Designing Streets and also the National Roads Development Guide’ by the Society of Chief Officers for Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS)

If you are in a local authority and want to find out more about applying the template through collaborative workshops please contact Stuart Watson (sm.watson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk (link sends e-mail))