NATIONAL PLANNING FRAMEWORK FOR SCOTLAND
PEOPLE AND PLACES: COMMUNITY REGENERATION
68. Regeneration is about achieving sustainable improvements in communities, and the lives of the people who live in them. Successful regeneration demands a combination of economic development, housing and environmental investment, improved public services, improved workforce skills, and support for co mmunity involvement. Scotland has seen a substantial range of regeneration initiatives, many of which have been successful, but major challenges remain.
69. A large proportion of Communities Scotland's Development Programme for affordable housing is focused on refurbishing and replacing housing in areas requiring regeneration. The move to community ownership in Glasgow, the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway will enable a massive injection of investment to improve areas of social housing.
70. Area regeneration is currently delivered through the 32 Social Inclusion Partnerships, together with programmes under the Better Neighbourhood Services Fund. The Community Regeneration Statement, Better Communities in Scotland: Closing the Gap, concluded that SIP activity would become more effective if more closely linked to strategic planning of public service provision, and thus recommended closer integration between SIPs and the developing framework for community planning. The guidance on the integration of SIPs into Community Planning Partnerships was produced in August 2003. Area regeneration is also supported through Scottish Executive involvement in the Townscape Heritage Initiative.