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A new direct train service linking Stirling and Falkirk with London has been launched.

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The Scottish Government, Architecture and Design Scotland and NHS Health Scotland have been working in partnership to develop the  Place Standard tool to support the delivery of high quality public places, which can help to reduce health inequalities. The tool will support communities and the public and private sectors to work together to deliver high quality, sustainable places.

To help ensure that the tool is accessible to community groups and meets their needs, the Carnegie UK Trust piloted the tool with three of the winners of the Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing during the tool’s testing phase.

Update: you can view all case studies of the Place Standard tool at Architecture & Design Scotland's dedicated webpage here

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Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice & Communities Alex Neil revealed the winners of the 2015 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration at a celebratory presentation event in Glasgow yesterday evening.

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An insight to the deployment of fibre broadband in Scotland - this example is from St Monans in Fife.

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'The purpose of the Place Standard is to support the delivery of high quality places in Scotland and to maximise the potential of the physical and social environment in supporting health, wellbeing and a high quality of life. It will do this by articulating what makes a good, sustainable place and setting a framework for processes which deliver places of high quality.'

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The Scottish Government’s Police Scotland Strategy Team has launched a programme of engagement around the review of Strategic Police Priorities, the framework set by the Scottish Government outlining their expectations for both the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland. 

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RTPI Scotland has today published its manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Election. It sets out seven key actions it believes are required to build a successful and sustainable Scotland, stressing how planning has important roles to play in enabling sustainable economic growth and promoting social justice.

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Latest news from STP - Support Your Town in 2016

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A key driver for sustainable towns is the strength of partnership working amongst all stakeholders of a place.  This week we attended Love From Indie Street's Christmas Market in partnership with Business Gateway and City of Edinburgh Council where digital connectivity, collaborative working and support of small, local businesses was key.

We spoke to Lindsey Sibbald, City of Edinburgh Council and Rebecca Christensen, Love From Indie Street about digital connectivity in towns and partnership working to achieve holistic engagement of  all stakeholders in a community, whilst moving into a new digital era.

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STP Chieff Officer Blog

08/12/2015

In April this year the Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess launched the Understanding Scottish Places (USP) toolkit. Since then we have seen over 10,000 hits to the USP, delivered 7 towns roadshows across Scotland, showcasing USP and developed the Your Town Audit health check tool. All of this was developed in wide consultation with the public, private and third sector alongside our data collaborative and academic partners. www.usp.scot

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It is The Year 2025. Looking back over the last 10 years, Scotland’s successful progress during a decade of disruptive global changes stands out amongst developed economies …

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Professor Leigh Sparks, University of Stirling reports on the third annual Retail Review of Scotland’s largest towns and cities launched last week in Edinburgh.

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Jane Bradley, Consumer Affairs Correspondent and Columnist at The Scotsman reflects on LDC's 3rd Scottish Town Centres Event held in Edinburgh.

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Traders who say they are angered by the decline of Perth city centre have launched a campaign to "re-energise" the high street.

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Scotland's Deputy First Minister John Swinney encourages support for Small Business Saturday

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