Designing Streets development guide

Newly launched technical guidance will support local authorities to implement street design policy, making it easier to gain consents for new or improved roads.

Working in collaboration with the Scottish Government, the Society of Chief Officers for Transportation in Scotland’s (SCOTS) has published technical guidance in support of the design aspects of Designing Streets to help local authorities to achieve Roads Construction Consent (RCC) for all new or improved adoptable roads.

Designing Streets is the national policy statement for street design in Scotland containing policies that set out how street design guidance can be a material consideration in planning decisions for streets within rural or urban boundaries.

Following research into the implementation of Designing Streets, the Scottish Government is encouraging local authorities to update guidance, where it is still outdated, towards an integration of placemaking and technical design requirements.

A Local Authority Street Guidance Template is being tested by a number of local authorities, including Falkirk and Renfrewshire councils from the CSGN area, as they produce their local street guidance. The template shows a step-by-step structure that allows guidance content on streets and placemaking to be integrated and to fit with both Designing Streets and the SCOTS’ guidance.

For more information visit the Designing Streets website.