The People in Place Practice Network brings community, local authority, and professional regeneration practitioners together to explore the application of the Place Principle across Scotland.

In 2023 we expect to be presenting case studies and research on topics such as community wealth building, local place plans, and community ownership along with development of the 20-minute neighbourhood policy.

The network began in 2021 exploring the concept of the 20-minute neighbourhoods and you can find a record of all events, along with additional research, below.

‘Welcome to Fauldmuir: A 20 Minute Neighbourhood (Imagined)’ produced for SURF by Mitch Miller

Get Involved

The online network is open to everyone with an interest in, or responsibility for, the regeneration of disadvantaged places in Scotland. This may include those working or volunteering in businesses, charities, community groups, housing associations, local government, national public bodies, and social enterprises.

If you are interested in joining this network, and receiving regular information on news, developments and upcoming events, please contact SURF’s Events, Information and Communications Manager Emma Scott.

Future Meetings

Thursday 30th May 2024, 10:00-12.15

Wednesday 24th July 2024, 10:00-12.15

Thursday 26th September 2024, 10:00-12.15

Thursday 28th November 2024, 10:00-12.15

Thursday 30th January 2025, 10:00-12.15

Thursday 27th March 2025, 10:00-12.15

Meeting fourteen - 28th March 2024

The fourteenth meeting of the Network included presentations from UrbanPioneers, Fife Council, Calum Duncan Architects and Touch Community Garden on the topic of Green Infrastructure Masterplanning.

Meeting Thirteen - 25th January 2024

The thirteenth meeting of the Network included presentations from Diagonal on their Baseline assessment tool and from Project Centre/Women in Transport on inclusive mobility in place-based regeneration.

Meeting Twelve- 30th November 2023

The twelfth meeting of the Network was a in-person event in Edinburgh, delivered in partnership with Public Health Scotland. The session focussed on the Place Standard Tool.

Meeting Eleven 5th October 2023

The eleventh meeting of the Network included presentations from Architecture & Design Scotland with East Ayrshire Council, and Knocknagael Ltd.

Meeting Ten 27th July 2023

The tenth meeting of the Network focussed on Local Place Plans and included presentations from PAS and Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority.

Meeting Nine 30th May 2023

The ninth meeting of the Network included presentations from the Scottish Government on 20 Minute Neighbourhood Guidance and Tim Moss on Community Wealth Building.

Meeting Eight 30th March 2023

The eighth meeting of the Network included presentations from The Stratherrick & Foyers Development Trust and Living Streets Scotland.

Meeting Seven 15th December 2022

The seventh meeting of the Network included presentations from Perth & Kinross Council, Collective Architecture and an update on 20Min Neighbourhoods in NPF4 from SURF’s Euan Leitch.

Meeting Six 29th September 2022

The sixth meeting of the Network included presentations from the University of Dundee and Drymen Community Development Trust.

Meeting Five 21st July 2022

The fifth meeting of the Network included presentations from Aberdeenshire Council, University of Glasgow and Transport Scotland.

Conference 27th April 2022

This conference session for the Network included presentations from Living Streets, Nick Wright, Husam Alwaer, CoMo UK and Natalie Whittle.

Meeting Three 20th January 2022

The third meeting of the Network included presentations from Scottish Rural Action and the Scottish Government Chief Planner.

Meeting Two 16th September 2021

The second meeting of the Network included presentations from Public Health Scotland and Scottish Futures Trust.

Meeting One 27 July 2021

The first meeting of the Network included presentations from Ramboll, City of Edinburgh Council and the Kinning Park Complex.

Research, Policy Development and Case Studies

20 Minute Neighbourhoods in a Scottish Context – Ramboll research for ClimateXchange that explores to what extent neighbourhoods across Scotland display characteristics that meet the 20 minute neighbourhood definition and provides a baseline assessment, links to maps and and an explanatory webinar.

Argyll and Bute Indicative Regional Spatial Strategy – a 20 Minute Neighbourhood Rapid Scoping Assessment by the Improvement Service and Public Health Scotland.

Elected Member Briefing Note on 20 Minute Neighbourhoods – from the Improvement Service.

Living Well Locally – City of Edinburgh Council high level 20 Minute Neighbourhood Strategy adopted in June 2021.

Liveable Neighbourhoods – Glasgow City Council toolkit provides a community and place based approach, which seeks to balance interventions associated with the streetscape and wider social and economic potential.

Implementing 20 Minute Neighbourhoods in Planning Policy and Practice – Briefing paper from RTPI Scotland

20 Minute Neighbourhoods A4 – Description by Green Action Trust

Connection & Belonging in Our 20-Minute Neighbourhoods – Culture Counts

Exploring Scotland’s 20-minute neighbourhoods: final report published – The Alliance

Live Well Locally: 20 Minute Communities in the Highlands and Islands – Nick Wright Planning for HITRANS and Sustrans

Natural space and 20 min neighbourhoods research – Greenspace Scotland

Nationwide equity assessment of the 20-min neighbourhood in the scottish context: A socio-spatial proximity analysis of residential locations – Jonathan Olsen, Uni. of Glasgow