Latest news from STP - Support Your Town in 2016

Understanding Scottish Places

Understanding Scottish Places is an online platform for towns' practitioners and communities. Use this tool to better understand the function of your towns, the places that our communities live and work in and compare and contrast towns across Scotland. 

Your Town Audit

The STP Add-On to your Understanding Scottish Places (USP) report is a twelve day study which builds upon the USP output to give you a much wider appreciation and understanding of your towns role, function and performance. 

The audit, prepared by socio-economic development professionals from EKOS and STP, has been developed to complement the national data available about your town through the Understanding Scottish Places data platform. It covers 7 KPI themes as follows and looks to gather 250 relevant indicators to build an excellent baseline for your town. 

1. Locality Data
2. Accessibility
3. Local Services
4. Activity/Events
5. Development Capacity
6. Tourism and Visitor Profile
7. Place/Quality Impression 

If you would like to know more, take a look at the three new case studies from Alloa, Kilmarnock and Ayr or contact us to discuss how it might benefit your town.

* STP Chief Officer Blog - Healthy Towns: USP and the Your Town Audit

Proactive Planning Pilot How To Guides

Proactive Planning is one of the six key themes of the Town Centre Action Plan, set out by Scottish Government in 2014. It seeks simple, encouraging and pro-active planning policy to support vibrant town centres. The Scottish Government committed in the Action Plan, that they would “identify pilots with interested planning authorities who wish to consider collaboration and test approaches which could help simplify planning processes in town centres.”

The first set of Town Centre Planning Pilot Case Studies and How To Guides were launched at the Annual Scotland's Towns Conference and are now available on the Towns Portal including examples from Renfrew, Hamilton, Govan, Elgin and Fife. 

* STP Chair, Professor Leigh Sparks' Blog - Simplifying Town Centre Planning

Collaborative Working

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.

Towns within Cities and the New Digital Era

Funding Support 

STP’s Funding Finder is the go-to place to source potential funding, hosted on STP's Funding Support pages. Comprising nine categories, the Funding Finder provides easy to read information on current funding streams, highlighting where new funds have been announced and where application deadlines are looming.

STP Members can also use our Funding Support Service, a half day dedicated to finding the right fund for your project. Our team can help you identify the type and source of fund that can kick start or sustain your project.

FutureTown Design Competition Winner!

Congratulations to William Lippe Architects Ltd, winners of the FutureTown Design Competition. As part of Scotland's Towns Week we asked you to design a place on a possible future high street, after shortlisting we opened voting for all!  We received nearly 700 votes across nine designs and your votes decided that a design, developed for Inverurie's town centre, would be our FutureTown Design winner. See the winning design and shortlisters here.

The design looks to restore and improve the connection between Inverurie’s iconic Town Hall and Memorial Garden by recreating its original Town Square between the two. A place to relax, reflect, enjoy the hustle and bustle of Inverurie’s busy, thriving Town Centre. A safe flexible space to use for Inverurie events and markets.

Watch out for the design featuring across the Towns Portal, at the Cross Party Group for Towns and more next year!

Keep In Touch 

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