RTPI Scotland has today released new research into spatial and community planning. Linking People and Places: Spatial and Community Planning explores the relationship between these processes, investigates whether there is a disconnect between them and asks how they could be better aligned and what barriers and opportunities there are to this. It outlines how there can be real value if they worked together to join up Community planning's work on improving the services that support communities and spatial planning's role in developing the place.
The report outlines 10 recommendations including the need for community and spatial planning to ‘talk to each other’ more about how they can deliver better outcomes for communities , opportunities for greater professional development for spatial planners and the need for planners to show their value to community planning.
One of the report’s authors, Sile Hayes said:
“We spoke with a number of people working in spatial planning and community planning across Scotland about their experiences. There was a clear desire to make the connection, although this will often requires new ways of working. This research will help to inform those involved on how to go about this."
Read the full report here.