Responding to today's publication of the National Review of Town Centres - External Advisory Group Report - Community and Enterprise in Scotland's Town Centres, Alistair MacDonald, RTPI Scotland’s Convenor, said:
“RTPI Scotland welcomes the report and its recommendations. We are particularly pleased that it recognises the positive role planners play in supporting town centres to thrive.
The success of the report’s recommendations will rely upon new ways of working which bring together business, public authorities, investors and communities to develop a vision and agree how it will be delivered.
Planners will be keen to explore to explore how best to implement the report’s recommendations on a new ‘town centre first’ policy, a town centre use class, a master planning toolkit and how to make best use of Community Planning to join up approaches and prioritise resources.”
The Scottish Government will respond to the report with a town centre action plan in the autumn of 2013.