Town Planning Review

Improving the effectiveness of Scottish structure planning on urban regeneration

Town Planning Review (2002), 73, (2), 215–238.

Abstract

The need to regenerate many urban areas is one of the most pressing concerns facing all tiers of government in Scotland. Given that regeneration has a physical dimension, planning could be expected to have an important part in this process. Indeed national guidance, issued by the Scottish Executive, sets out the role that planning is expected to play. This paper considers how the seven structure plans covering Scotland's urban areas have dealt with regeneration. The analysis indicates that some plans see planning as having a very limited role while others are far more proactive. The paper then makes a number of recommendations intended to enable structure plans to improve their effectiveness in regenerating Scotland's urban areas. This is to be done within the context of improved guidance from the Scottish Executive in the form of an Urban Regeneration National Planning Policy Guideline and associated Planning Advice Note.

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