Placemaking in Whitburn
Placemaking in Whitburn
As part of the 'Placemaking in Whitburn' initiative, West Lothian Council is to undertake a town centre 'charette'. A charrette is an intensive consultation that engages local people in the design of their community.
This place-based approach is required to decide how best use planned resources for the town and, to create a masterplan that coordinates and maximises these resources, and looks to bring in external funding.
This initiative is funded by West Lothian Council and from a successful bid to the Scottish Government's Charrette Mainstreaming Programme 2014/15. The council is working closely with Whitburn Community Council in planning and implementing this exercise.
Placemaking in Whitburn: Aims and Objectives
The placemaking exercise aims to develop a long term vision, development framework and masterplan for Whitburn which will:
- maximise investment through providing decision-makers with an evidence-based, holistic plan for the town to inform resource allocation;
- create a shared vision for the town and wider Whitburn area, in particular, to inform planning for the town centre and partnership centre;
- better link and integrate the Heartlands development and Polkemmet Country Park with the town centre; and
- ensure effective community involvement in regenerating the Whitburn area, and provide a basis for future community engagement for the development of the town.
Planning And Design Workshops
The programme for the charrette is available here Whitburn Charette Programme March April 2015 [22kb]
There will be a number of launch events on 30 March in Whitburn Community Centre including an exhibition by the local schools on work they have done in the build-up to the charrette.
Planning and design workshops will be held in the Whitburn Burgh Halls between 31 March and 2 April 2015. The workshops will be facilitated by a team led by Austin-Smith:Lord (urban designers & architects), and also including:
- Ryden (local property & regeneration specialists),
- Peter Brett Associates (Transport Planners) and,
- WAVE (a community arts based organisation).
There will also be opportunity for members of the public to 'drop-in' to the Burgh Halls to have their say on Tuesday 31 March and Wednesday 1 April.
Over the four day period the public, designers and specialists will be working together, 'hands on', to prepare the masterplan for Whitburn, with the emerging ideas translated into plans and drawings. A final presentation / exhibition of the charrette will be held on the Thursday 23 of April in the Whitburn Community Centre.
The charrette is part of a wider approach to placemaking that is being delivered in Whitburn. This recognises that an approach that looks at the planned and potential investments for the town as a whole is required.
For further information contact Scott McKillop, Community Regeneration Officer, Area Services, West Lothian Council, Tel: 01506 281092 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org