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The Carnegie UK Trust has published a report with insights from the organisation’s TestTown project, undertaken over the last 4 years. The report shares details on what has been done; what has been achieved; tips and templates to replicate or repurpose their ideas; and advice from those who have been involved. The report can be downloaded on the Test Town web page.

Below, CUKT outlines how the report and online portal on Test Towns can benefit those working to improve towns across the country.

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Understanding Scottish Places is a website to help towns practitioners and communities better understand the function of the towns they live and work in.  The platform primarily functions as a diagnostic tool, and beyond that offers the opportunity to compare and contrast data about places across the country.

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Scottish Business in the Community’s Business Connector programme and Hub network supports town centre regeneration.

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Town Centre Empty Homes Fund

The Scottish Government has launched a call for bids for its £4m Town Centre Empty Homes Fund.  The fund hopes to create additional residential accommodation in Scotland’s urban and rural towns by funding projects to convert disused commercial premises into residential and to target problematic empty homes that require extensive refurbishment to make them habitable again.  The fund is open for bids until 21 August 2015 and further details are in the scheme outline.

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Can Do Towns is all about helping people make things happen. There has never been a better time or opportunity to bring your entrepreneurial vision to your town centre.

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Stalled Spaces Scotland is a national programme commissioned by the Scottish Government and delivered by Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) to facilitate the temporary use of under-used green spaces, stalled development sites or vacant and derelict land throughout Scotland.

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A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development.

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STP have facilitated a development session in Glasgow and has since held two Digital Towns Workshops in Edinburgh and Dundee.

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The  DTAS (Development Trusts Association Scotland) Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) is a Scottish government funded project, set up to help community-based groups in Scotland to take on land or building assets for their community.COSS also support local authorities wishing to transfer a building or land asset.

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Simplified Planning Zones (SPZs) are areas in which planning permission is given in advance for certain types of development.

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