PAS is currently running a series of interactive Community Placemaking Workshops in collaboration with Dumfries and Galloway Council to allow local people to feed their ideas into the early stages of the council’s Local Development Plan (LDP).
Local Development Plans have to be prepared by local authorities every 5 years and set out future land uses e.g. where new houses could be located. It is important that local people and community groups get involved in the early stages of LDP preparation (known as the Main Issues Report) and make their voice heard.
PAS and Dumfries and Galloway Council are holding a series of six community events to hear local people’s views about what could be done to shape the towns and villages where they live.
The community workshops are taking place in the following locations:
22 August – Annan Town Hall
24 August – Lockerbie Town Hall
25 August – Stranraer Ashwood House
31 August – Wigtown County Buildings
1 September – Dumfries St Georges Hall
6 September – Castle Douglas St Johns Church
Workshops times are all start at 6-8 pm (doors open at 5.30pm with refreshments available).
At the workshops, which will be hosted by Dumfries & Galloway planners and PAS volunteers, participants will make use of the Place Standard tool (developed by the Scottish Government, Architecture + Design Scotland and NHS Scotland) which asks people to assess their places from a variety of perspectives e.g. facilities and amenities; traffic and parking; identity and belonging.Information will be used to identify which issues participants think need to be addressed and, importantly, will help the council to prioritise areas and themes to address in the Main Issues Report.