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This case study explains how Fife Council incentivised development by reducing the need to provide developer contributions in their town centres. This proactive planning approach has led to prominent sites being reused,  supported town centre living and helped to revitalise the town centres.

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Hope for Scotland's high streets with drop in number of empty shops
Scotland's struggling high streets have received a glimmer of hope after a fall was recorded last month in the number of empty shops.
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A fall in footfall could hit the Scottish high street hard. Picture: TSPL

Scotland’s retailers are becoming “increasingly adept at harnessing the internet” as footfall continues to falter on the high street and in shopping centres, according to a survey out today.

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Hawick High Street

Hawick High Street

Hawick regeneration chief Derick Tait has called on Scottish Borders Council to “put its money where its mouth is” by using new powers to cut business rates.

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Scotland’s town planners are being given a run for their money by a group of students from West College Scotland who are taking on a challenge, called Place Matters -‘Images of Enterprise’, to come up with artistic interpretations of what an enterprising town should look like.

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Johnstone Town Hall has been shortlisted as a Regional Finalist in the National Civic Trust Awards.

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Auchterarder, the Perthshire town that is home to the world-famous Gleneagles Hotel, is set to embark on a ground-breaking initiative to install its own superfast broadband and WiFi zone throughout the town centre and outlying neighbourhoods.

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This morning at the Cycling Scotland Conference, Transport Minister Derek Mackay announced the launch of the Community Links PLUS design competition.

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SURF is looking for an efficient and well-organised individual with an active interest in community regeneration to help support its project delivery, research and communications functions.

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FIFE COUNCIL is committed to supporting town centres across Fife. We would like the people of Fife to get involved in Scotland's Towns Week, which runs 16 - 22 November. Show us what it is they love about towns throughout the Kingdom by posting their own photographs. Tell us what makes them special, show that they ‘Love Fife Towns’.

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Scotland’s Towns Conference is only a week away! We are excited to welcome 200 delegates to Falkirk’s Town Hall on 18th November and hope that you will be able to join us. 

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James Ledgerwood, Head of Economic Development at ScotRail, has over 20 years’ experience in delivering a range of award-winning regeneration and economic growth projects throughout Scotland, working with the public, private and community sectors. He joined ScotRail in April 2015 at the start of the new Abellio franchise.

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The new Highland Main Line Community Rail Partnership (HML CRP) was launched on Monday at an event at Pitlochry Station. The route extends from Dunkeld and Birnam to Carrbridge, taking in Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Dalwhinnie, Newtonmore, Kingussie, and Aviemore.

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GAS-GUZZLING cars could be banned from town centres in Scotland or face charges as part of a strategy to clean up polluted air quality levels.

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Urban Realm is returning to our largest single annual survey with our recurring New Year rundown of the top 100 practices, as recommended by peers and clients via the Urban Realm website.

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