The Power of Place

Our relationship with the place around us is complex and powerful. It has an important influence on our behaviour, our impact on the environment and our life chances.

Understanding and harnessing the power that place has on people and the planet can give us real advantages over approaches that attempt to solve individual problems or issues.

Scotland's National Performance Framework sets out a series of Outcomes that reflect the values and aspirations of the people of Scotland. Each of these Outcomes is a crucial element in helping reduce inequalities and give equal importance to economic, environmental and social progress.

If we look at the whole system in which we live our lives then improving the quality of life for people, especially people living with disadvantage and inequality can be achieved at the same time as protecting and enhancing the environment.

This is exactly what place-based approaches seek to do.

Read more about the National Performance Framework

Place Based Approaches

A place based approach is about understanding the potential of a place and coordinating action to improve outcomes, with community participation at the heart of the process.

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The Place Principle

Scotland has adopted a Place Principle.

The Place Principle promotes the need for communities, public organisations and businesses to work collaboratively with the assets and services in a place to achieve better outcomes.

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Placemaking

Placemaking focusses planning and design decisions around the creation of a distinctive, welcoming sense of place.

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Our Themes

Place is the physical and social framework in which our lives take place. It involves everyone and everywhere and can be complex to understand.

However, the significant challenges that we face, from the climate emergency to improving public health and reducing inequality, require us to change the ways in which we currently work and capitalise on the power of place.

In order to help better understand the influence and potential of place, we've developed the below six key themes, covering some of the main issues to consider and address. These are interconnected and many of the key drivers in one theme will be important across other themes.

Health and Wellbeing

Learn about place and health

20 minute neighbourhoods

Learn about 20 minute neighbourhoods