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PAS has recently launched a call for Young Placemakers with the help of Planning Minister Derek Mackay MSP. The initiative aims to recruit a network of motivated young community leaders (16-20 years old) who will champion active citizenship and create a stronger voice for young people.

The Young Placemakers initiative recognises that young people should be more engaged with the decisions which will shape a Scotland that is greener, smarter and stronger. Increasing involvement in the planning system will give young people a central role in the creation of Scotland’s future places. Find out more here.

PAS pilots a new approach to charrettes in Fife
PAS has piloted its first ‘Charretteplus’ in Leven between 22-25 May. The starting point for the charrette was to consider how to improve the area surrounding the Bawbee Bridge and how it connects with the wider Levenmouth area. The pilot was funded by the Scottish Government and run in partnership with Fife Council. The charrette team included PAS volunteers (planners and architects) and Fife Council staff.

One of the key innovative aspects of the Charretteplus approach was to bring together land-use planning and Community Planning. Indeed the recent NPF3 Main Issues Report and the draft Scottish Planning Policy both call for greater linkages between land-use and Community Planning. As such, the Levenmouth Community Plan was a key consideration in informing the whole charrette process.
Through a series of interactive community workshops and drop-in sessions from the Wednesday to the Saturday, members of the community shared their knowledge about the area and ideas for how improvements might be made. This included the opening launch event to gather initial views from the community.

Considerable effort also went into the pre-charrette activities designed to animate the community. This included pre-charrette workshops for school children, the outcomes of which helped inform the charrette. The team also met with local community and business organisations. The final presentation of outcomes will take place on 12 June and full details of the project will be published online.