Organisations and Agencies
SNH is responsible for the conservation and enhancement of natural heritage - the wildlife, the habitats and the landscapes.
Historic Environment Scotland safeguards the historic environment and promotes its understanding and enjoyment.
SEPA is Scotland’s environmental regulator and adviser. In addition to its role in controlling pollution, it works with others to protect and improve our environment.
HSE protects people’s health and safety by ensuring that risks in the workplace are properly controlled and controls substances that are hazardous to health.
Scottish Water provides water and waste water services throughout Scotland.
Transport Scotland is responsible for delivering the Scottish Government’s transport capital investment programme and overseeing the safe and efficient operation of trunk roads and rail networks.
A+DS is a non-departmental public body, which acts as a national champion for good architecture, design and planning in the built environment.
The Scottish Cities Alliance is a partnership of Scotland's seven cities and the Scottish Government, the purpose of which is to attract investment and jobs into cities.
PAS is a voluntary organisation which offers an independent, free and professional advice service on planning applications and the planning process. It also runs training and education programmes designed to raise awareness and capacity on planning matters with elected members, community groups, seldom heard groups, children and young people.
Homes for Scotland is the representative body of the house building industry in Scotland.
SPF is the trade association for Scottish commercial and residential property companies.
Keep Scotland Beautiful are the charity that campaigns, acts and educates on a range of local, national and global issues to change behaviour and improve the quality of people’s lives and the places they care for.
Paths for All is a partnership of organisations committed to promoting walking for health and the development of multi-use path networks in Scotland.
The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and all wildlife.
Friends of the Earth Scotland is the leading organisation in Scotland that is working for environmental justice and campaigning for the planet and its people.
The AHSS is a Scottish charity dedicated to the protection, preservation, study and appreciation of Scotland’s historic buildings.
The Scottish Civic Trust is the national body for the civic movement in Scotland.
NHS Health Scotland is a national Health Board working to reduce health inequalities and improve health.
The Scottish Alliance for People and Places brings together a wide range of organisations from across the planning and placemaking sector in Scotland to articulate a united and compelling vision for a more inclusive, respected, holistic and innovative system of planning.
Scotland's Towns Partnership is Scotland’s largest towns’ collective; representing and promoting the diversity of our towns and places, and supporting those organisations and groups that have an interest in or ownership of them.
The Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) supports best practice in community development and is recognised by the Scottish Government as the national lead body for community development.
The Scottish Council for Development & Industry (SCDI) is an independent and inclusive economic development network.
The RTPI is the professional body for town planners.
LI is the chartered body for the landscape profession. It is an educational charity that promotes the art and science of landscape practice.
RICS are the professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property, infrastructure and construction.
RIAS is the professional body for all chartered architects in Scotland.
ICE is the institution for Civil Engineering
Regional Transport Partnerships bring together local authorities, elected members and other key regional stakeholders to take a strategic approach to the planning and delivery of regional transport so that it better serves the needs of people and businesses.
City Region Deals offer the potential for new collaborative regional partnerships, focused on long-term strategic approaches to improving regional economies.
The Place Standard tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place.
The Town Centre Toolkit contains ideas and examples of how people and organisations can make their town centre more attractive, more active, and more accessible.
Understanding Scottish Places offers a mechanism for understanding the similarity of places across Scotland. Deliberately designed to avoid a simplistic ranking of places as better or worse, USP focuses on the shared characteristics of towns.
The National Standards for Community Engagement are good-practice principles designed to support and inform the process of community engagement, and improve what happens as a result.
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