May 23, 2018 at 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Towns need a cocktail of measures to breathe life into unloved buildings and spaces. From empty churches, to derelict buildings, disused land or empty banks; how do we tackle the difficult stuff in towns? This month, we’re doing just that!

Join experts from Scotland's Towns Partnership, Scottish Government, Community Land Scotland, DTAS Community Ownership Support Service, Architecture & Design Scotland and more on 23 May, to gain knowhow inspiration and signposting to practical support.   

  • Headline speakers on national support and advice.
  • Practical toolkits.
  • Town surgery sessions - seek out solutions and ideas.
  • Exchange news and ideas with the Scotland’s towns community.

Attendance is free for STP members, and £50+VAT for non-members. Not a member? Join now and enjoy all-year-round access to free learning events; being part of a community of practitioners; and a range of toolkits and funding supports!  


Please note, this event is now full. Please contact Alison Jones for any enquires or to be added to the waiting list. 



13:30​ Coffee

14:00  Welcome. Scotland’s Towns Partnership

Tom Sneddon, Co-Founder and Director, Development Trusts Association Scotland; Chair

of Carluke Development Trust and STP Board Member (Event Chair)

Update on the work of STP and its range of resources, supports and partners available to help your town.

14:05  Compulsory Purchase Orders / Compulsory Sale Orders

Neil Langhorn, Head of Compulsory Purchase Policy, Scottish Government will give an overview of CPO policy and case studies, as well as hints and tips on how CPO can be used in town centre regeneration. 

14:25 Community Right to Buy: Urban and Rural

Linsay Chalmers, Development Manager, Community Land Scotland will share news of practical support and access to funding to tackle dereliction, underuse, land repurpose, reluctant owners.

14:45  Asset Transfer

Linda Gillespie, Programme Manager, DTAS Community Ownership Support Service

Case Study: Lochgelly Town House (Hazel Cross) (invited)

15:05 Coffee Break

15:25 Drop in Surgeries with our Speakers and Case Studies presenters.

All speakers and case studies presenters will now hold drop in surgeries. They’ll answer questions, offer signposting to help and advice and inspire you to bring your town’s buildings and spaces back to life. Plus input from the following organisations:

Lesley Riddell-Robertson – Principal Design Officer - Architecture + Design Scotland

Heritage Lottery Fund (invited)

Historic Environment Scotland (invited)

16:30  Close


Please note, this event is now full. Please contact Alison Jones for any enquires or to be added to the waiting list. 

May 23, 2018 at 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Architecture & Design Scotland, 9 Bakehouse Close, Edinburgh
Sponsored by Supporting Scotland's Towns
Sponsored By Supporting Scotland's Towns