Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments Regulations: consultation

This consultation paper discusses proposed provisions and seeks views on both sets of draft regulations on Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments.

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Responding to this Consultation

We are inviting responses to this consultation by 31 March 2022. Please ensure that consultation responses are submitted before the closing date.

Please respond to this consultation using the Scottish Government's consultation hub, Citizen Space. Access and respond to this consultation online.

You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open.

If you are unable to respond using our consultation hub, please complete the Respondent Information Form and send to: or

Planning and Architecture Division
Scottish Government
2F South Victoria Quay

Handling your response

All respondents should be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

If you respond using the consultation hub, you will be directed to the About You page before submitting your response. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are content for your response to be published. If you ask for your response not to be published, we will regard it as confidential, and we will treat it accordingly.

If you are unable to respond via Citizen Space, please complete and return the Respondent Information Form included in this document. (see supporting documents)

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Next steps in the process

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at Citizen Space. If you use the consultation hub to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us finalise the regulations. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will also be made available.

Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to the contact address above or at

Consultation to date, and planned

In developing these proposals, the Scottish Government has engaged with stakeholders from across Scotland to understand their views, experiences and thoughts around open space and play opportunities. This collaborative, open stakeholder engagement has been used to shape the provisions in the Draft Regulations and also highlighted points stakeholders would like covered in future guidance.

Core group

In developing these draft proposals on Open Space Strategies (OSS) and Play Sufficiency Assessments (PSA), we have worked closely with a Core Group, consisting of representatives from Greenspace Scotland, Play Scotland, NatureScot and Public Health Scotland.

Working Group

A joint OSSPSA working group, with a range of stakeholders with interests in open space and play, has been convened as a sounding board in preparing the proposals for both sets of Regulations. Members of the Working Group have also taken part in further focussed sessions or breakout workshops to discuss and advise on particular aspects.

Local authorities

Local authorities and Heads of Planning Scotland (HOPS) are represented on the Working Group, via two nominated authorities, offering valuable insights. Additionally, working through the Improvement Service and HOPS, we contacted every local authority in Scotland - and presentations and interactive workshops sessions took place. To date 66 local authority contacts have been involved in our various discussions.

Children and young people

Alongside this public consultation, we intend to specifically engage to seek the views of children and young people from across Scotland. We have been working with Play Scotland and A Place in Childhood to develop an engagement plan. Tailored questionnaires suitable for children and young people will be used to engage either online or in facilitated workshop sessions. We want to gather feedback from a wide range of children and young people representative of those from different age groups, backgrounds, different parts of the country, as well as engaging with groups working with children and young people with additional support needs, and those who are refugees/asylum seekers, LGBTQ, and young carers

We are grateful to the inputs from all those we have spoken to, and thanks go to all those involved to-date.



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