Environmental evidence underpins everything we do to plan and make decisions on the design and delivery of high-quality, successful places in Scotland. New evidence approaches and collaboration need to be developed so that our key information can be used more effectively to help support the delivery of key priorities for our future places and people.
A collaboration between Scotland’s leading environment agencies and environmental research bodies are working with Scotland’s Development Planning Authorities to understand what new evidence approaches could help better inform the development, and delivery, of new planning policy approaches for Scotland’s future places and people.
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This group is a sub-group of the Key Agencies Group Scotland (KAG). The members of our sub-group and their expertise are detailed below.
The membership of the wider KAG can be found here. The KAG was established in 2008, with the aim of developing and supporting planning in Scotland through improved joint working. It is comprised of a ‘core’ group of statutory planning agencies, with wider organisations with relevant expertise contributing to the KAG sub-groups, such as this one.
The British Geological Survey is a world-leading geological survey. It focuses on public-good science for government, and research to understand earth and environmental processes.
The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is a world-class research organisation focussing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.
Historic Environment Scotland, the lead public body set up to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment.
Improvement service (ISS) Scotland is the national improvement organisation for local government in Scotland.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland’s principal environmental regulator, protecting and improving Scotland’s environment.
Scottish Forestry advises and implements forestry policy to protect and expand Scotland's forests and to increase their value to society and the environment.
NatureScot is funded by the Scottish Government. It’s purpose is to:
The James Hutton vision is to be at the forefront of innovative and transformative science for sustainable management of land, crop and natural resources that supports thriving communities.
The Scottish Government is the devolved government for Scotland with responsibilities that include: the economy, education, health, justice, rural affairs, housing, environment, equal opportunities, consumer advocacy and advice, transport and taxation.
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Our work plan sets out our 12 month vision on how we will lead work with LDP teams in Scotland to develop new understanding of how environmental information can be used more effectively, and additively, to inform early strategic planning approaches.
Please click on the image below to view our Work Plan.
We would welcome any comments on our Work Plan (please email Helen Fallas (Bonsor) email@example.com)
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Since May 2018 the KAG sub-group has been working alongside 8 LDP teams* to develop in-depth user research through user stories, user interviews and focused workshop discussions, in three key areas.
The work and understanding being developed by the group is being used directly by Scottish Government (SG) to inform relevant areas of the broader SG Digital Planning transformation programme for an smart data driven planning system, and wider geospatial strategies and collaborations.
Emerging findings from the work are:
Wider suite of environmental information potentially relevant for LDP preparation:
Appropriate linkage and cascade of information from LDPs – use cases and value:
Improved information user guidance specific to planning:
*LDP teams engaged in the work are:
Argyll and Bute Council, Cairngorms National Park, East Ayrshire Council, East Dunbartonshire Council, East Lothian Council, Glasgow City Council, Orkney Council and Perth and Kinross Council.
Environmental spatial information developed and published by Scotland’s key agencies and research bodies have measureable value to inform early evidence approaches in planning policy – however, there is a need to improve the connectivity and accessibility of information, as well as understand new analytical pathways.
Discussions at national workshops (held in May 2017, February and May 2018), led by the Key Agencies sub-group and a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, highlighted a recognised and urgent need to:
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Understanding what environmental information and evidence processes are relevant to the questions being asked in Local Development Plan (LDP) preparation is complex, and requires new collective learning between LDP teams and information providers.
So that you can view and input your thoughts to the pilot outcomes and learning as things are posted and developed. We would like input from as many LDP teams in Scotland as possible.
Sign-up here: https://khub.net/sign-up
If you have any problems with signing up – please contact Iain Paton: Iain.Paton@improvementservice.org.uk
How do you need to use environmental information in LDP preparation?
Please tell us your thoughts, from your perspective and role in LDP preparation, by completing these 4 questions below, with a little or as much detail as you would like, and email it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Improved communications and ongoing dialogue were highlighted as a priority at the national workshops.
We will be posting regular updates to this webpage about how our work progresses, the learning pilots, and key findings. Our communications will be going out to Heads of Planning, Strategic Environmental Assessment contacts and Local Development Plan policy and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) roles across Scotland’s planning authorities to ensure we connect to all relevant roles in this work area.
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Please contact Helen Fallas (Bonsor) email@example.com if you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive regular updated about this work.
We will be posting updates on social media using #ScotPlanning and #LDPEvidence on the following social media channels:
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This page was updated on 26 Aug 2020
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