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Designing Streets: A Policy Statement for Scotland

DescriptionDesigning Streets is the first policy statement in Scotland for street design and marks a change in the emphasis of guidance on street design towards place-making and away from a system focused upon the dominance of motor vehicles. It has been created to support the Scottish Government’s place-making agenda and is intended to sit alongside the 2001 planning policy document Designing Places, which sets out government aspirations for design and the role of the planning system in delivering these.
Official Print Publication DateMarch 2010
Website Publication DateMarch 22, 2010


ISBN 978 0 7559 8264 6
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John Swinney MSP Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth

Status and aims of Designing Streets
The value of good street design
Policy relationship
Who is Designing Streets for?
Development of the document
Streets and roads
The relationship of Designing Streets to main and busy streets

How to use this document

Part 1: General: Creating streets and places

Part 2: Detail: Getting the design right

Part 3: Process: How to achieve better outcomes


Annex: Technical questions and answers
What is the legal and technical context?
What is the risk and liability?
What are the issues regarding disability discrimination?
What are the adoption and maintenance Issues?