Chapter 6: Theme 3: Building Resilient and Sustainable Places
Some achievements from our last, 2015 Infrastructure Investment Plan
£3.5 billion made available to support the single biggest investment in, and delivery of, affordable housing since devolution.
Delivered new healthcare facilities such as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Woodside Health Centre, Stirling Care Village, and NHS Orkney New Hospital and Healthcare Facilities.
£476 million to support the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare – investment so that more parents will be able to participate in work, training or study.
Delivering on our ambitions for a fairer Scotland starts at the local community level. Opportunities exist in our cities, towns, villages and neighbourhoods to bring together individual investments for greater impact.
The COVID 19 pandemic has required us to rethink how and where we work, opening up new ways to think about our neighbourhoods, towns, cities and rural communities. We must also respond to changes in demography, and in the way in which people wish to access and consume services. Our next National Planning Framework and new Digital Planning tool will help us to reconsider and plan the future development of our places in light of recent events as well as in line with our long-term commitments to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Through our Place based Investment Programme, we will implement the Place Principle at pace to ensure that investment is relevant to each place and for the benefit of all the people in that place. This is a collaborative place based approach driven by the needs of communities – collectively getting behind community led changes at the heart of an area.
It is ever more crucial to ensure everyone has a suitable home at the heart of a great place to live and work: one that is safe, warm and affordable; close to services, shopping, work, and with access to outdoor space for recreation, aligning with the ambitions we intend to set out in Housing to 2040 to be published shortly and in the draft National Planning Framework 4 to be published this autumn. A new emphasis on localism, with quality homes in quality places, informed by concepts such as 20 minute neighbourhoods will help to achieve that.
We will invest in housing and better delivery of services locally – be that in adapting Scotland's housing stock to better meet people's needs, delivering a network of community treatment centres and NHS Near me health services, designing more integrated education facilities to help all learners reach their full potential and modernising our justice facilities and transforming emergency services to adapt to the digital age.
Partners seized the opportunity of Schools for the Future investment significantly to shape and modernise previously separate and poorer quality public sector facilities. Through a more holistic approach to service planning, a new combined centres was developed which co-located a primary school, NHS medical centre, and community library and leisure facilities.
The community were consulted from the beginning, ensuring buy in to the new hub and facilities provided. The sense of community ownership of the building has developed trust and ensured that the building is well used. Take-up of services has been higher than before – including a 50% increase in footfall in the library compared to pre-hub figures. The Centre has allowed multiple generations to mix and engage and ultimately be proud of the facility and their place.
|Creating better local places
|We will build on our "Place Principle" to promote place-based economic development and cohesion, ensuring all city, town, village and island communities can thrive by establishing a Place Based Investment Programme.
|Access to high-quality sustainable homes that are affordable and meet people's needs
|Implementing our Housing to 2040 Vision and Principles and Route Map, due later in 2021, we will create and fund a plan for high quality, energy efficient, zero carbon affordable housing with access to outdoor space, sustainable transport links, digital connectivity and community services:
|High quality social infrastructure
|We will boost digitally accessible services, whilst improving the condition of our buildings and enabling the right new facilities. In Health we will:
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