Date lodged: 11 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to give communities the opportunity to have a say in the future design of their areas.
Answered by: Angela Constance 19 August 2016
The Scottish Government is committed to empowering communities and involving them in the planning process.
On 3 August 2016, I announced funding of £300,000 across two grant schemes – the Design Charrettes Programme and the Activating Ideas Fund. These funds provide a way of enabling people across Scotland to have their say on the long-term future of their community.
We continue to support communities in the use of The Place Standard, an innovative new tool to support the delivery of high quality places.
The Scottish Government is also currently considering the report of the independent planning review which contains recommendations designed to support community inclusion and empowerment. We intend to consult on a white paper in winter 2016.