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National Performance

Scotland Performs

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We live in well-designed, sustainable places where we are able to access the amenities and services we need

Why is this National Outcome important?

Well-designed, sustainable places support people's physical and mental wellbeing. They provide ease of access to workplaces and services by locating these conveniently with high quality housing, as part of a mixed community. These communities promote interaction and integration. They are places designed around people, encouraging creative activity and social interaction both through cultural amenities and green space.

Well-designed, sustainable places also contribute to sustainable economic growth. Scotland’s reputation for high quality urban and rural environments is an important factor in attracting and retaining people with the skills and talent needed to build a successful Scotland. Improved transport and telecommunications connections will make Scotland more attractive to business and as a place to live and work. The promotion of more sustainable modes of transport will cut emissions and improve air quality.

What will influence this National Outcome?

The development of well-designed, sustainable places will only happen through effective partnerships between central and local government, and between the public, private and third sectors (including charities, voluntary and local community groups), and, most crucially, with the individuals who live in those places and keep them vibrant. Community Planning Partnerships have a key role to play. Working together it will be possible to support sustainable communities, which will include providing the right supply of housing to rent and buy.

The planning and building standards systems have a role to play in delivering high quality buildings and infrastructure with better environmental standards. Everyone involved in development must drive up standards for planning, design and maintenance of the built and natural environment. In working together we must all be mindful of the unavoidable consequences of climate change and ensure that we develop sustainable communities which are sympathetic to Scotland's landscape and the environment we face. The Place Standard tool empowers people and communities in shaping their own places by providing a framework to assess the quality of a place.

What is the Government's role?

The Scottish Government is:

  • Increasing the supply of good quality, affordable housing to meet the current and future needs of Scotland, allowing labour to move effectively and creating sustainable communities in which people can live full and productive lives.

  • Continuing to develop innovative programmes to make the most effective and efficient use of public money.

  • Designating energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority, delivering Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme to integrate action on domestic and non-domestic energy efficiency, heat generation and renewables.

  • Taking action through its Regeneration Strategy and in partnership with stakeholders to strengthen communities, providing additional support to the places and people that need it ensuring that planning policy encourages the development of sustainable, mixed communities - drawing together the various elements required to achieve that goal.

  • Improving the quality, accessibility and affordability of public transport - with significant investment in infrastructure – in partnership with local government and key service providers.

  • Ensuring that Scottish Water provides connections to all new developments and improves the quality of drinking water and the environment. We will also encourage a more sustainable approach to flood risk management.

Related Strategic Objectives

Safer and Stronger


Related National Indicators

up Improve digital infrastructure

 Reduce traffic congestion

 Improve support for people with care needs

 Reduce the number of individuals with problem drug use

d Reduce deaths on Scotland's roads

 Improve people's perceptions of the quality of public services

l Improve the responsiveness of public services

up Improve access to suitable housing options for those in housing need

l Increase the number of new homes

up Widen use of the Internet

l Improve people's perceptions of their neighbourhood

l Improve the state of Scotland's historic sites

l Improve access to local greenspace

l Increase natural capital

l Reduce Scotland's carbon footprint

l Increase the proportion of journeys to work made by public or active transport