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Policy & legislation on this topic is generally either
focussed on protecting the historic context or asset, or the
quality of new design.
Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP)
The Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP) sets
out Scottish Ministers' policies for the creative management of
Scotland's historic environment.
Scottish Planning Policy (SPP)
SPP sets out national planning policies which reflect Scottish
Ministers' priorities for operation of the planning system and for
the development and use of land. The SPP promotes consistency
in the application of policy across Scotland whilst allowing
sufficient flexibility to reflect local circumstances. It directly
relates to enabling positive change in the historic
Creating Places - A policy statement on
architecture and place for Scotland
Scotland's new policy statement on architecture and place
sets out the comprehensive value good design can deliver.
Successful places can unlock opportunities, build vibrant
communities and contribute to a flourishing economy. The document
contains an action plan that sets out the work that will be taken
forward to achieve positive change.
New Design in Historic Settings (Historic
Scotland and Architecture + Design Scotland, 2010)
This publication aims is to explore how good design in
historic settings is achieved. The advice is aimed at
designers, developers, local authorities, community groups and
other important stakeholders such as amenity bodies.
Historic Scotland Managing Change Guidance Note -
This guidance note sets out the principles that apply to
developments affecting the setting of historic assets or places
including scheduled monuments, listed buildings, inventory parks/
gardens/designed landscapes, World Heritage Sites, conservation
areas, and designated wrecks.
These letters are examples of letters SCT has written in
response to Listed Building Consents, Conservation Area Consents
and Planning Permission applications. Use them to help you frame
your own comments on a planning application, and to better
understand how historic environment policy and guidance can be used
to support your comments.
A new heritage centre for the Battle of Bannockburn
site (July 2011)
A proposoal for a new heritage centre was consdiered to be a bold
and contemporary design concept which is fitting for the site,
helping to create a sense of character and atmosphere in a location
which has lost much of its setting.
Marischal Square development,
Aberdeen (June 2014)
While we felt that this significant mixed-use application makes
some general moves in the right direction in terms of layout, the
Trust consdiered that these proposals are not yet befitting of the
very high quality built environment surrounding the site. We
encouraged the Council to refuse this application, and to work
towards a more fully resolved solution with improvements in
elevational treatment and massing, to better reflect the character
of the surrounding area, and to ensure that the setting of several
nationally important listed buildings is not negatively impacted by
Architecture + Design Scotland
Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) is Scotland's
champion for excellence in placemaking, architecture and planning.
We are an Executive NDPB of the Scottish Government. A+DS aims to
support the creation of places that work, which provide people with
real choices and, are ultimately, places where people want to