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Essential Reading

Welcome to the Towns Library, please feel free to browse the headline titles below from supporting organisations.  If you feel that your organisation can add to the library, please contact us for STP’s consideration. Please also see a list of key 'Knowledge Partners' on towns at the bottom of this page. 

 

Aberdeenshire Council

Regeneration in Aberdeenshire

Architecture & Design Scotland

Town Centre Living: A Caring Place Report (2019)

ATCM International

Implications of Brexit for Town & City Centres Across the UK & ROI

ATCM, RICS, RTPI and IED

Brighter Futures Report: A Brighter Future for our Towns and Cities

Built Environment Forum Scotland 

Historic Environment Policy for Scotland – A Summary (2019)

Carnegie Trust UK

Digital Participation And Social Justice In Scotland

Journeys of Understanding: Domestic twinning as an approach to improving town capacity and wellbeing (2019)

New Powers, New Deals: Remaking British Towns after Brexit (2018)

Places that Love People

Public views on the enabling state – Report Summary

Carplus Scotland 

Annual Survey on Impact of Car Clubs in Scotland

CoMoUK

Shared Transport Case Studies

CEIS et al

Building a New Economy: Scotland's Vision for Social Enterprise 2025

Community Development Alliance Scotland 

 How Community Development Happens - Why Stronger Communities Matter

Special Bulletin on 'Place' and Community Development (March 2019)

CSPP (Centre for Scottish Public Policy)

Creating Confidence & Changing Futures in Scotland's Towns

Town Centre Regeneration: How Does it Work & What can be Achieved?

How to Prepare a Strategy for your Town

Department for Communities and Local Government

Smart Places Today 2015

Didobi

‘Creating Better Towns’ Aide-Memoire (2019)

Creating Better Leaders Aide-Memoire (2019)

Economic and Social Research Council

British High Streets:from Crisis to Recovery?

Federation of Small Businesses (Scotland)

Transforming Towns: Delivering a Sustainable Future for Local Places (August 2019)

Great British High Street

The Digital High Street 2020 Report

GVA James Barr

Scottish Town Centres and Retail Trends

Inspiring Scotland

The Practices, Impact and Implications of Inspiring Scotland’s First Five Years

Kevin Murray Associates, University of Dundee, Scottish Government

Shaping Better Places Report

The report 'Shaping better places together' marks a first attempt to investigate the role and significance of facilitators in participatory community design processes and aims to enhance the output performance of this increasingly common type of design event.

Local Data Company and Institute of Retail Studies, University of Stirling

2015 Scottish Retail Report: Retailing in Scotland's Largest Towns & Cities

2016 Scottish Retail Report: Retailing in Scotland's Largest Towns & Cities

2017 Scottish Retail Report: Retailing in Scotland's Largest Towns & Cities

NHS England 

Healthy Towns Programme: Executive Summary and Learning Principles (September 2019)

Read also: Creating Healthy Places: Perspectives from NHS England’s Healthy New Towns programme (King's Fund, September 2019).

NHS Health Scotland

Places and communities that support and promote good health

Industrial Communities Alliance 

Places with Purpose: The Future of Industrial Cities, Towns and Communities (2018)

Planning Review Panel

Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places

Resilient Scotland

Case Studies

Stepwell: Reinvesting in Inverclyde

UCAN: Learn, Work, Live

RFM - Retail Factsheets

Maximising Revenue Opportunity

Sales and Marketing Plans for Small Retailers

RTPI Scotland 

"Poverty, Places and Equality: A role for place based approaches?" - Lecture by Naomi Eisenstadt, Independent Advisor to the Scottish Government on Poverty and Inequality on Wednesday 7 June 2017 in The Lighthouse, Glasgow. 

SCDI - Scottish Council for Development and Industry

Rural Commission Report: An Economy for All of Scotland (September 2019)

Scotland's Towns Partnership

Briefing: STP and the Towns Policy Agenda in Scotland

Scotland's Towns Partnership Digital Towns Guidance

Manifesto Statement for Towns

Understanding Scottish Places: An Introduction

The Future of Shopping Centres in Scotand's Towns [Revo, STP and DWF LLP] (March 2019)

Submission to the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland (May 2019)

 

Scottish Government

Core Policy Documents

The Place Principle: An Introduction (2019)

Town Centre Action Plan - Two Years On

Town Centre Action Plan - One Year On

Town Centre Planning Pilots Programme - Case Studies and How To Guides

National Review of Town Centres: External Advisory Group Report (2013) (Fraser Review)

Further Reading

Creating Places: A Policy Statement for Architecture and Place for Scotland
Review of Planning: Scottish Government Response

Realising Scotland's full potential in a digital world: a digital strategy for Scotland (2017)

Review of the community-led regeneration approach as delivered via the People and Communities Fund (2017)

 

Scottish Land Commission

Vacant and Derelict Land Task Force - Phase 1 Report (Ryden, June 2019)

Scottish Small Area Statistics

Scottish Small Area Statistics

Scottish Retail Consortium

Retail Pay and Benefits: January 2017 Briefing

Scottish Retail Sales Monitor

Scottish Small Towns Group

Scottish Small Towns Report (2007 – 2013)

Sustrans Scotland 

Community Links Portfolio

The Good Economy

Business-led Inclusive Growth in the South of Scotland (July 2019)

Transform Scotland

Overview of National Transport Strategy Debate

Urban Transport Group 

About Towns: How Transport Can Help Towns Thrive (Nov 2018)

Visit Scotland

Visitor Research & Tourism Statistics

What Works Scotland

Transforming communities? Exploring the roles of community anchor organisations in public service reform, local democracy, community resilience and social change

 

Knowledge Partners

Scottish Library and Information Council

The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) is the independent advisory body to the Scottish Government on library and information services.

Institute for Retail Studies at the University of Stirling

The Institute for Retail Studies at the University of Stirling is a leading academic centre for retail research and education, providing independent, academic and practical research as well as commentary on retail matters of the day.

ATCM (Association of Town and City Management)

The Association of Town and City Management is the largest town and city membership organisation in Europe. They have a number of valuable reports, support programmes, events, guides and toolkits, some of which are free and open access. 

ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland)

ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) to help people find and share information about services and community assets that support health and wellbeing. ALISS enables citizens and communities to work collaboratively with organisations and professionals, to gather, add, manage and share information about the assets that exist in their own local areas in order to help others find support more easily. To search for support in your community or to get involved, visit www.aliss.org

Read more about the ALISS Programme: https://www.alliance-scotland.org.uk/digital/aliss/ 

FSB (Federation of Small Business)

Our towns are made up primarily of small businesses and the Federation is the key membership and lobbying body. FSB works closely with STP and has valuable research and reports.

Kantar Worldpanel

Kantar Worldpanel provide leading consumer panel and shopper insight information as well as trend data and marketing reporting and analysis.

The Local Data Company

The Local Data Company is a leading retail location data insight provider. They provide detailed reports on openings and closures, vacancy data and provide gap analysis amongst a host of other valuable services.

Scottish Retail Consortium

The Scottish Retail Consortium is the trade association for the retail sector. In partnership with KMPG they produce the Scottish Retail Sales Monitor. SRC lobby on behalf of Scottish retailers and provide valuable economic evidence and key facts.

Springboard

Springboard offer retail intelligence and insight. They also have milestone and benchmarking along with a host of valuable data gathering services, reporting and analysis.

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