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PAN 78: Planning and Building Standards Advice Note: Inclusive Design

DescriptionThis PAN looks at how to improve the design of places so that they can be used by everyone - regarless of age, gender or disability.
Official Print Publication DateMarch 2006
Website Publication DateMarch 27, 2006


ISBN 0 7559 5004 6
ISSN 0141 514X

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What is inclusive design?
Why is the built environment often not inclusive?
The legislative context
Who has a role in implementing inclusive design?
Inclusive design and cultural heritage

Inclusive design creates environments that can be used by everyone

Planning series:

  • Scottish Planning Policies ( SPPs) provide statements of Scottish Executive policy on nationally important land use and other planning matters, supported where appropriate by a locational framework.
  • Circulars, which also provide statements of Scottish Executive policy, contain guidance on policy implementation through legislative or procedural change.
  • Planning Advice Notes ( PANs) provide advice on good practice and other relevant information.

Statements of Scottish Executive policy contained in SPPs and Circulars may be material considerations to be taken into account in development plan preparation and development management.

Existing National Planning Policy Guidelines ( NPPGs) have continued relevance to decision making, until such time as they are replaced by a SPP. The term SPP should be interpreted as including NPPGs.

Statements of Scottish Executive location-specific planning policy, for example the West Edinburgh Planning Framework, have the same status in decision making as SPPs.