Brunstane Area Placemaking exercise

The Place Standard events scheduled for Saturday 19th March and Tuesday 22nd March in Edinburgh College have been postponed.

This is being done to give us more time to align the event to cross boundary development issues in the Brunstane – Newcraighall – Musselburgh area. We will now be able to better coordinate with similar events being undertaken by East Lothian Council.

It is still the Council’s intention to undertake a Place Standard exercise in the area and information will be provided on this in due course.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Brunstane new community 3How good is your place?

The Council in partnership with Portobello Community Council and Craigmillar Community Council are holding a public event to get your views on how well your area works as a place to live.

This will be in the form of a placemaking exercise, using the Place Standard tool.

What is placemaking?

Places that work well for the community have a significant positive influence on the health and wellbeing of individuals. The opposite is also true – places that do not work well have a negative impact on health and wellbeing. The aim of placemaking is to create successful places.

We can measure the success of a place through use of a tool called the Place Standard . This consists of a series of indicators that allow the community to assess things like access to greenspace, general maintenance of an area and perception of safety. This tells us where a place is succeeding and where it can be improved.

How to get involved

This is a unique opportunity for you to get involved. This is the second time the Council has used this process. This approach was also used in a well attend series of events in Queensferry.

We’d like as many of the community as possible to get involve to help make the process work.

People will work in groups and a facilitator will ask you and other people in your group a series of questions. As a group you will have to agree on an answer to the question. There will be someone taking a note of what people are discussing. At the end of the questions a compass diagram will be drawn to show the output of the answers (like the one below).

Place standard compass
Place standard compass


PLEASE NOTE: This exercise does not replace the formal consultation process associated with any of the new housing developments in the area.

What next?

We are also working with East Lothian Council and Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council who are arranging separate Place Standard events for after Easter.

The outputs from all these discussions will help the Councils, the community and developers to better understand the needs of the community in light of future development.

For more information, contact:

Elizabeth McCarroll or Chloe Porter

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