Designing Streets: A Policy Statement for Scotland

Designing 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.


  • Street design must consider place before movement.
  • Street design guidance, as set out in this document, can be a material consideration in determining planning applications and appeals.
  • Street design should meet the six qualities of successful places, as set out in Designing Places.
  • Street design should be based on balanced decision-making and must adopt a multidisciplinary collaborative approach.
  • Street design should run planning permission and Road Construction Consent ( RCC) processes in parallel.
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