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 are:
The membership of the wider KAG is 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 strategic aim and vision of the group is to:
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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.
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We would welcome any comments on our Work Plan. Please email Helen Bonsor
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:
This will enable us to develop:
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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.
We are undertaking in-depth learning with 7 LDP teams across Scotland, to develop an iterative understanding of what environmental evidence and pathways are helpful to informing LDP preparation.
Following discussion with the LDP teams – the learning pilots will take the following outline approach:
The pilot work will try to understand environment information needs in the context of two questions in LDP preparation:
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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/group/informing-ldp-delivery
If you have any problems with signing up – please contact Iain Paton: Iain.Paton@improvementservice.org.uk
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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: email@example.com
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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 Bonsor firstname.lastname@example.org 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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