Luke and Katie have gone back to university and have left their successful Planning Edinburgh blog in the capable hands of myself (George) and Emma. We are planning students from Newcastle University and are here for a year, so keep your eyes peeled for blog updates on what is happening in the city in the coming months.
The first event I would like to tell you about is the Place Standard activity that I attended on the night of Tuesday 23 August in Kirk Loan Hall at Corstorphine Old Parish Church. The idea of the event was to give people an opportunity to assess a variety of aspects of the place in which they live.
The Place Standard is a tool to evaluate the quality of a place, and it is easy to use. There are 14 questions which cover the social and physical elements of a place. Each question is given a score out of 7 based on what people think and feel, 7 being excellent and 1 being poor. The interesting part of this exercise comes during the discussion of each question, because everyone around each table has to go agree on a score for each question. So if you have two people who are polar opposite on an issue such as facilities and amenities, it does create some entertaining discussion.
Once all 14 questions had been answered and eventually agreed upon, the results were drawn onto a simple diagram which can be seen below:
As you can see, the people who attended are very positive about their area. Although, it is also clear that traffic and parking is a big issue. That is why we do this exercise, it is easy to see what is working well and what needs to be improved upon, and for people to give their views and have a chance to express their feelings about the place in which they live and be able to show them a visual representation of what they think of Corstorphine at the end of the activity. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and it was great to see people feeling empowered and listening to what they had to say.
The brief responds to the responses from a survey which was completed by local people from two community drop-in sessions and a community workshop held in early March. Around 90 people took part in these events. The survey was also completed online by 139 respondents. The questions were based on the place standard tool as launched by Scottish Government in December 2015 to support the delivery of high quality places.
The brief incorporates a set of high level development principles for the site. It will be used by the successfully appointed design team to work up detailed proposals for the site forming the basis of a formal planning application from the National Galleries of Scotland in due course.
Landowners, National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) and Historic Environmental Scotland (HES) ultimately intend to deliver a building which will:
create a new facility that is the primary means of caring for their art collections.
provide sufficient quality space and security to centralise HES archives and house all NGS collections.
contribute to the regeneration of Granton, through the provision of social amenities, employment opportunities, cultural activities and economic stimulus.
work with Edinburgh College and the Council to develop a range of youth engagement, apprenticeship and internship opportunities in a variety of occupations, and
provide a gateway to the working of museums, galleries and archives for the Granton community.
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.
How 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).
On 10 December we attended the launch of the Place Standard. The Place Standard has been developed by the Scottish Government, A&DS and NHS Scotland. The launch was attended by a range of professionals and community representatives from across Scotland. Speakers included Alex Neil, the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioner’s Rights, Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health and our very own David Leslie, Senior Manager, Planning and Transport.
“QDCC were delighted to be involved in trialling the Place Standard as we now have a ‘shared vision’ for the Town. QDCC is grateful to all of the Council’s Planning team who supported and helped to organise the Placemaking Workshops and to the residents who participated.”
Queensferry Placemaking update
Since the last Placemaking exercise on the 27 October we’ve been making progress by:
We are holding a third and final community engagement event at Queensferry High School on Tuesday 27 October between 16:30 – 20:00. This event is for people who could not attend the initial events. Feedback on the initial events was very positive. 85% of participants that filled in a feedback form said they found the event was either ‘good’ or ‘really good’.
The two placemaking exercises have now been held and we’ve produced an Interim Report on the feedback so far. We had a great response from approximately 100 people with lots of ideas and issues raised. The local community have asked us to run another session for those couldn’t make it to these two sessions. A date and venue for this are yet to be arranged, but if you’d like to attend please contact Lucy George and we’ll keep you posted. We’ll also share the details on the blog and Twitter.
Places that work well for the community have a significant 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 which has been developed by A&DS, the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland. This consists of a series of indicators that allow the community to assess things like access to green space, general maintenance of an area and perception of safety.
The Scottish Government’s policy on Architecture and Place – Creating Places sets the contextfor how we can deliver great places.
How can you get involved?
We will take groups of people through the exercise in facilitated sessions. We’d like as many people as possible to take part. This is the first time we have used this process and it will provide a unique opportunity for the community to get involved. It will build on the work undertaken for the Town Centre charrette.
This process will give us lots of information about Queensferry which we can use to inform what we do as a Council and how new development can support the qualities of Queensferry.
The outcomes will be shared with the developers of the new housing sites identified in Second Proposed Local Development Plan so they can shape their proposals to take account of the strengths and weaknesses identified by the community.