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Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning 2014

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Community Involvement

This looks for examples of community empowerment, where groups have been active with or through the planning service.

Award

West Dunbartonshire Council - Bowling Basin Charrette

West Dunbartonshire Council - Bowling Basin Charrette

© Kevin Murray Associates

About this initiative

The aim of the Bowling Basin Charrette project was to develop proposals for the future development of the area at the western end of the Forth-Clyde Canal, itself a scheduled monument. The 3 objectives were to: (1) involve the local community; (2) embrace a design-led process; and (3) make efficient use of the partners' time and key agencies. In pursuing these objectives, the Charrette process generated a series of different options for the development of the Bowling Basin site - all based on different levels of intensity of development and reflecting a range of views. The Council, as joint promoter, was particularly pleased with the level of community engagement in shaping the options. Approximately 120 different people attended one, or more, of the sessions and provided positive feedback. In particular, the opportunity to be able to express their views.

Reason for an Award

The Judges were impressed with this project, which had a mix of all the right ingredients leading towards a positive outcome. They considered that the programme had been well-designed, publicised and recorded and they particularly liked the visual aspect of drawing - as a means of helping people to understand, explore and shape the vision for the area. Overall, the Charrette approach marked an important positive shift for the Council, whereby they could experience how successful working with a community, by using illustrated proposals and ideas, can aid dialogue and influence outputs.

Who made it happen

West Dunbartonshire Council, plus a number of key partners including the local community and Scottish Canals.

Contact

Chris Breslin - chris.breslin@scottishcanals.co.uk
Alan Williamson - alan.williamson@west-dunbarton.gov.uk

Award

Aberdeen City Council - Engaging Young People in the Aberdeen Local Development Plan

Aberdeen City Council - Engaging Young People in the Aberdeen Local Development Plan

© Aberdeen City Council

About this initiative

The principal aim of this project was to promote and encourage the important role young people can play in looking into the future of places and expressing how they think they should be designed and planned. The Council felt it was essential to ensure that all engagement activities would both assist Officers in preparing the next Local Development Plan for the city, and provide a broad and progressive learning experience for the participants. Sessions were designed to contribute positively to each of the four capacities set by the Curriculum for Excellence and to demonstrate how subjects such as geography and modern studies directly link to the 'real world'. To date, two rounds of youth engagement have been held as part of the preparation of the next Plan, the first at Pre-Main Issues Report Stage (April-June 2013) and the second at Main Issues Report Stage (January-March 2014). Results from the first stage fed directly into preparation of the Main Issues Report.

Reason for an Award

The Judges felt this deserved an Award not only because of the Council's genuine commitment to involve schoolchildren within the planning process, but also because all the work had been carried out in-house. The Judges were impressed with the scale of the project - engaging with over a third of schools in Aberdeen. It was considered that the Council's progressive approach to connecting with the young community had paid-off - and that such working with young people should not be seen as an 'added extra' to 'traditional consultation'. As a result of listening to the schools, the Council are now looking further into the design of the city centre and transport links. Teachers involved in the process had been impressed with the teaching plans and resources created by the planning team and felt that the project had an inspiring impact on the young people who had participated.

Who made it happen

Aberdeen City Council

Contact

Andrew Brownrigg - ABrownrigg@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Award

TAYplan - Your Place/Your Future/Your Say: TAYplan Consultation and Engagement Programme

TAYplan - Your Place/Your Future/Your Say: TAYplan Consultation and Engagement Programme

© TAYplan

About this initiative

The Main Issues Report stage offers the primary opportunity for communities and members of the general public to be consulted in the development plan process. TAYplan's main project aims were, therefore, to: (1) provide more opportunity for people to engage with TAYplan in diverse ways - such as twitter and YouTube; (2) raise awareness of how people can get involved in influencing how their place changes and assisting their understanding of land use planning; (3) enhance the facilitation and engagement skills of the TAYplan team and key partners; and (4) deliver a consultation and engagement programme which will be seen as best practice. To achieve this, the TAYplan team embarked on workshops with industry and partners; community briefings and school events (including primary schools, as well as a 'Youth Camp' for secondary school children); and, to champion the consultation - eight young placemakers.

Reason for an Award

The Judges could see how the TAYplan team, along with other partners, had made a conscious decision to engage more with young people, as well as trying to captivate more of the local community into understanding the importance of strategic planning. TAYplan worked with a limited budget but used many creative ideas and media channels to try and maximise awareness. They also took the time to try and ensure that their documents were easy to read. The two subjects which came across, quite strongly, throughout the consultation were health and transport. These issues have, consequently, helped to shape the plan. The Judges also wanted TAYplan's commitment to the Youth Camp to be credited.

Who made it happen

TAYplan Strategic Development Plan Authority, Nick Wright Planning, Tactran.

Contact

Pam Ewen - pam.ewen@tayplan-sdpa.gov.uk

Commendation

Perth and Kinross Council - Carse of Gowrie Community Mapping Project

Perth and Kinross Council - Carse of Gowrie Community Mapping Project

© Perth and Kinross Council

About this initiative

Carse of Gowrie consists of a stretch of low-lying land along the north bank of the River Tay between Perth and Dundee. The project sought to engage and empower the local community to record and visualise what matters to them to help inform and shape decisions about their local environment and community. It also set out to give the community the skills and confidence to develop a plan for the Carse of Gowrie using free open source software and maps whilst addressing their concerns about (1) the management of the area's built heritage; (2) the maintenance of drainage ditches (known locally as "POWS"), (3) flooding and (4) how to strengthen the local economy.

Reason for a Commendation

The opening, presentational, line to this project was 'This is a place we call home'. This instantly set the context and the Judges were in no doubt how passionate the community were about their 'place'. The reason the Judges have given this a Commendation is because it was an inspiring and exciting project - driven by the community and using state of the art mapping technology, not only to protect their area but also to link into the development plan. In essence, the community have been clever in creating an evidence base and using it to best advantage. All involved are praised for their enthusiasm and imagination. The project was recognised at the European Climate Change Adaptation Conference in Hamburg where it was presented as part of a Scottish contribution.

Who made it happen

Perth and Kinross Council, Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group, Sniffer and GeoGeo

Contact

Graham Esson - gcesson@pkc.gov.uk.