The Scottish Executive's policy on architecture was published in 2001, setting out 40 government commitments intended to raise awareness of the value of good building design; to promote recognition of the importance of architecture to the cultural life of Scotland; and to seek improvements in the quality of Scotland 's buildings and built environments. Since that time, the Executive and a range of partners have made considerable progress towards meeting a number of our commitments.
The policy is subject to periodic review, and the public consultation which took place over May to July this year sought views on the progress which we have made to date and also views on how we might tackle the challenges ahead.
The consultation document was circulated to a wide range of built environment bodies, national and local interest groups, local authorities, housing associations, academia, professionals, minority ethnic groups and disabled people. The document was also published on-line on the Scottish Executive website and advertised on Scottisharchitecture.com. 54 written responses were received and 49 responses have been published with the permission of the authors.
Four public meetings were held; one through the auspices of the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) in Edinburgh, and three through the auspices of the Centre for the Built Environment (CBE) in Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow. Architecture policy was debated in Parliament in June. The Policy on Architecture Progress Group draws together key built environment bodies with Executive Departments and Agencies, and the review has been the focus of the work of the Group this year.
A report on the consultation, which will draw together the themes from all these sources, will be published on the Executive website in November. The renewed policy on architecture will be published early in 2007.