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Projects & Training

We work extensively with community groups and public bodies across Scotland on place-based projects. In particular, we are experienced in supporting community groups and public bodies undertake engagement activities to help communities articulate, develop and deliver plans to improve a particular place.

As well as place-based projects, we provide skills training for community organisations, planners, elected members and public bodies. Find out more about how we have delivered training and support and how we might assist your organisation.


Skills training

Community Council training

Community Councils have a statutory role in the Scottish planning system. It is therefore important that Community Councillors understand how planning works in practice and their rights and responsibilities. For more information, download this PDF.

Elected members training

PAS offers specialist training for Elected Members to assist them in their role as decision-makers and facilitators in the planning system. The training is delivered by PAS staff and senior qualified planners (who are also PAS volunteers). For more information, download this PDF.

SP=EED Verification

SP=EED® is our practical toolkit for effective community engagement. It is referred to in Scottish Government guidance and can be downloaded free from the PAS website. 

For more information, download this PDF or visit the SP=EED page.


Young People and Placemaking

We’ve produced a short introduction to the planning system for young people – click here to download it.

Bridging the Gap

The ‘Bridging the Gap’ project is the first of its kind in the UK encouraging a unique sustained intergenerational partnership that will equip young people with the skills and tools to engage with placemaking and learn about decision making. For more information, download this Bridging the Gap PDF.

In the Footsteps of Geddes

Continuing the mission started by our previous youth-oriented projects, the Heritage Lottery funded “In the Footsteps of Geddes” engages young people with their place and the heritage through the medium of digital technology. Download our PDF for more information.

Place Work Folk

The purpose of this project was to introduce young people to planning and placemaking, by looking particularly at how their own area’s heritage has led to the development of their local place.  For more information, download our PDF on the project.


Gypsy/Travellers and the Scottish planning system

This project produced a series of five guides on the topic of Gypsy/Travellers and the Scottish planning system. These comprised a guide to the Scottish planning system for Gypsy/Travellers, and separate bespoke guidance documents on Gypsy/Traveller planning issues for Community Councils, Elected Members, Planning Professionals and the Media. These were produced following documentary research on the issues and good practice, and a period of engagement with Gypsy/Travellers and experts in this field.


Place-based projects – community led


Isle of Rum Community Land-use Plan

PAS was commissioned by the Isle of Rhum Community Trust (IRCT) to produce a Community Land Use Plan based on an impartial engagement process and detailed landscape analysis. The project team was led by PAS staff, Associates and volunteers with landscape architecture, planning and community engagement expertise. Download our PDF for more information.

Cupar Could

Working closely with the ‘Cupar Could’ steering group, led by Cupar Development Trust (CDT) PAS facilitated and led, with local residents, community groups, children and young people, local businesses and Fife Council, extensive pre-charrette engagement, a 4 day charrette design studio, and a post charrette follow-up event where CDT reported on action since the charrette. For more information, download our PDF.

Rosefield Mills

Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT) commissioned PAS to lead a community engagement programme to support funding applications for Rosefield Mill’s purchase, restoration and redevelopment. Three community events and two separate youth workshops engaged over 400 people. Download our PDF for more information.

Shaping Laurencekirk

PAS was commissioned by Laurencekirk Development Trust (LDT) to deliver a community participation project with the aim of developing ideas for a large, vacant brownfield site in the town centre. Two “Community Days” were held comprising public exhibitions, site walks and discussion workshops, plus primary and secondary school events.  Download our PDF for more information


Place-based projects – local authority led


Your Kirkwall

Your Kirkwall was a series of meaningful community conversations where the whole community came together to discuss and share ideas for the future of Kirkwall for next 10-20 years – to help improve the town as a place to live, work, study and visit. Download our PDF for more information.


PAS, in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, conducted a project focusing on the future of Motherwell Town Centre. This included information gathering from land-use and community planning partners and a series of public events. Download our PDF for more information.

Fauldhouse Focus

Fauldhouse Focus involved residents, schools, youth groups, community groups, local businesses, public sector and voluntary organisations to create a shared vision for the village. Four consecutive placemaking workshops took place in May, with a follow-on workshop in June. Download our PDF for more information.


PAS delivered this pilot project in partnership with Fife Council. Levenmouth was identified as being a suitable location for a place-based project which would focus on connectivity. PAS worked directly with the community planning team to identify the scope of the project and Fife Council spatial planning staff were also involved in delivery.  Download our PDF for more information.