TAYplan and the University of Dundee hold Youth Camp 2016

The 2016 Youth Camp took place last Thursday (16th June) at the University of Dundee. The event was aimed at 3rd and 4th year secondary school pupils from across the TAYplan area.  10 schools attended, bringing between 3-5 students each.IMG_1219

This year’s Youth Camp was a partnership between TAYplan, the University of Dundee and the 4 councils covered by TAYplan.

A number of school visits took place in the run up to the event. These were used as an opportunity to encourage young people who had an interest in planning to come to the main youth camp event.

On the day of the Youth Camp the young people were taken through a series of interactive workshops which aimed to get them to think like a ‘planner’. The young people were encouraged to discuss what makes a good place and shown how they can influence their place. This helped them to link their knowledge of geography with real world application through planning. It also offered them an insight into a possible career and/or how to participate as an active citizen in planning matters in the future.

Morning 14In the morning, workshops took place to encourage the young people to think about planning in the past, present and future and to consider what makes a good place. The Scottish Government’s Place Standard tool was one of the methods used to engage the young people to think about their place.

The main workshop of the day asked the young people to design their own sustainable place. Each school was given a base map in which they could design their place. They were encouraged to think about what buildings, infrastructure and land uses a sustainable place should include. Through colouring, labelling, cutting out and sticking on paper symbols on their maps their ideas were brought to life! The young people presented their designs to two judges, who chose the winning design and a runner-up. Winners, Morgan Academy left with first prize and a trophy and runner up was Baldragon Academy.  Both schools received a week’s work experience for the young people at TAYplan and the four councils.

The 2016 Youth Camp gave the young people a unique opportunity to engage in planning whether they want to be an active citizen or consider planning as a potential career.7c

Ultimately the youth camp was an opportunity to help young people understand what planning is and how it relates to them. By doing this it is hoped that they will pass their knowledge onto their friends and family and encourage them to be involved in planning and decisions that affect their place and their future.


TAYplan and University of Dundee Youth Camp recognised at Venice Biennale…

Scotland’s contribution to the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale is Prospect North – an immersive exhibition created by Lateral North. This work is being led by Architecture and Design Scotland.

Prospect North explores Scotland and its relationship with its northern neighbours focusing on people and place. This micro to macro approach delivers a series of innovative mapping strategies, individual narratives, portraits and evocative imagery, highlighting Scotland’s place and identity within an economically emerging northern region.

TAYplan and the University of Dundee have been invited to showcase work from the 2015 Youth Camp programme in Venice at the 2016 Biennale. This is a very exciting opportunity and international recognition for the innovation, creativity and partnership approach to this work.  Last week Lateral North were in Dundee to film Lorna Sim (TAYplan) and Deepak Gopinath (University of Dundee) talk about the youth camp initiative.13

Scotland’s cities, towns, villages and countryside are constantly changing. Engaging future generations in planning is therefore paramount. The University of Dundee and TAYplan youth camp initiative (supported by PAS) allowed schoolchildren the opportunity to envision a planning strategy for their local area over the next 20 years through digital engagement and practical workshops.

Rather than explaining what a strategic development plan is the Youth Camp asked pupils to imagine what their life would be like in the future. The students were encouraged to consider issues of place and justify their design concepts.   The young people used the Minecraft video game to develop proposals for how they envision the future using Dundee Waterfront as a template.

The workshops allowed us to generate ideas suitable for the site where students came up with designs including an art gallery for local artists, a rooftop dining area and an indoor food market. The young people’s designs incorporated important planning considerations such as community, place, culture, tourism and technology.

2The TAYplan and the University of Dundee project recognised schools as a great source of enthusiasm. Digital engagement encapsulated the student’s imagination. Children are often not inhibited by the constraints of the professional world and can often think past these barriers.  TAYplan hopes to provide young people with the opportunity to maintain a keen interest in the future planning of their area so that they participate in the future. It also supports those interested in pursing a planning career.

In June 2016 TAYplan and the University of Dundee are embarking on a further Youth Camp, working closely with TAYplan’s four constituent local authorities to deliver this for another generation of young people.

TAYplan learn lessons from Caskieberran Primary School, in Fife

PhotographTAYplan planner, Lorna Sim, was invited to attend Caskieberran Primary School Enterprise And Employability day, in Glenrothes, last week.  The purpose of the event was to develop the young people in becoming active citizens and responsible individuals making them aware of career options available to them.

The primary 7 pupils from Caskieberran Primary School organised and ran the event and were joined by the primary 7 pupils from the cluster schools. The young people from Caskieberran Primary School had defined roles and all contributed in some way to the smooth running of the day.   The atmosphere was fantastic!  The young people demonstrated the importance of skills development, confidence and self-belief. Children, some of whom would previously only reluctantly speak to others, confidently stood up in front of a range of business people, their peers, councillors and education senior management to deliver their presentations.

The young people from Caskieberran Primary School organised group work where pupils from each of the schools were working together. One of the group work sessions was encouraging the young people to think about their lives in the future.  The pupils used a range of media to do this, including the game Twister!  A number of lessons were learnt from the way this exercise was delivered which will be invaluable in the work TAYplan are doing with secondary schools in this area.  Looking ahead to the TAYplan/ University of Dundee 2016 Youth Camp on 16th June, the event in Caskieberran was timely to draw on what worked well and engaged the young people.

The afternoon session in Caskieberran was in the form of a careers fair, with planning having a presence at this. The young people were enthused by the concept of planning and demonstrated the interest in planning issues across the country.

The event was supported by planning consultant, Alan Seath. Alan and the staff, parents and pupils at Caskieberran Primary School share a common understanding of the benefits of education and business working together to effectively prepare young people for the future. This is a rolling programme which last year, won a national education award for its successes.

It was clear to me that the pupils have been given the opportunity to develop their confidence, experience and ambition to strive for the best outcomes for themselves in their future choices and eventual career.

TAYplan are reviewing your comments

The end of the TAYplan consultation period was on Friday 3rd July so we just wanted to share an update of what we are doing with your feedback. Our Twitter (@TAYplan) posts will also keep you up to date with our progress in reviewing the feedback and how we’ll use this to prepare for the next consultation.

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The responses we received

TAYplan received 561 representations from 124 individuals or organisations. The majority of responses received were made online or electronically.

The Process

The first step is to record and collate all the feedback received. This is no small task, although receiving 59% of responses electronically is speeding this process up significantly. All comments also need to be checked to make sure that we are clear what the comment is and what part of the consultation documents they relate to. Where we aren’t sure, we will get back in touch with you to clarify. We will then summarise and group your comments into similar themes, responding to each group of issues raised. This will be done in a form called a Schedule 4. In October, the Joint Committee will see a general overview of the comments receive. In December, the Joint Committee will make the decision on whether to modify or submit the Plan to the Department for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA). Any change constitutes a modification which would require TAYplan to go back out to consultation on the modified Plan. If the Joint Committee decides to submit the Plan with no modifications the TAYplan team will need time to prepare for submission.   It will be the Schedule 4s that are sent to the DPEA alongside your full responses.

Our Progress

TAYplan staff have all been working hard reviewing your comments. While we have been reading the comments we have been grouping them into similar themes. These will then be analysed in detail to see what changes or alternatives are outlined and what this means for TAYplan’s strategy. We anticipate being able to provide a summary report of the response to the TAYplan Joint Committee on 6th October.

We hope the above provides a helpful update – if there is any questions you have please get in contact with us either through email – or by leaving a comment below.

An update on the TAYplan consultation so far…

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TAYplan have been working hard to spread the word about the Proposed Plan consultation.  Public notices and press releases have been in local newspapers.  We have also promoted our events through the TAYplan website and in social media.

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We have also sent out around 1,000 letters and emails to those on our customer database and to organisations, community groups, the development industry, adjoining local authorities and others within, around or with a specific interest in the TAYplan area.

We have had 11 responses online so far.  We look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible about which elements of the Strategic Development Plan you support and if you are seeking a change, letting us know what that change is.

TAYplan’s dedicated consultation website has had 1359 page views since the start of the consultation on Monday 11th May.  We have also reached 1.83K people through our Twitter posts.

We want to hear from you…

We would encourage you to provide us with your comments on the Plan, letting us know what you support and where you would like to see changes.  You can do this online at www.tayplan-sdpa.gov.uk/tayplan2015.  If you have any problems at all or would like to get in touch with us, please email us at contactus@tayplan-sdpa.gov.uk or call on 01382 307180 and we will be happy to help you.

What will happen after the consultation…

The comments we receive from you between 11th May and 3rd July will be subject to an ‘Examination’ process by the Scottish Government.  This means that an independent Report will review your comments and our recommendations and contact you directly if they require any further information.

The consultation deadline is 12noon on Friday 3rd July… we hope to hear from you in helping us shape the future of the TAYplan region…

Good news – final TAYplan consultation has started

The TAYplan team are delighted that the Plan consultation is open for representations from our communities.

What is the Proposed Plan?

Last year TAYplan asked you about your ideas on the issues and options for future development in the area (the Main Issues Report stage).  After this stage, it was our chance to review your ideas and use these in shaping the Plan (the Proposed Plan) which we are now soon to consult you on.  The purpose of the Proposed Plan is to set out the development that is needed for the next 20 years, along with an update of the planning requirements (the policies).  The people photographed in the Plan have been involved throughout the process.  The purpose of this consultation is for you to tell us what you like, what you don’t like and how you would like to see what you don’t like, changed.

Last chance to tell us what you think

This is your final chance to let us know your thoughts and comments on the Plan and supporting documents that provide more detail on the Plan.  You can comment on any part(s) of the:

  • Proposed Plan;
  • Proposed Action Programme; and,
  • Equalities Impact Assessment

We hope that you might like to join us as one of our 4 events during the consultation between Monday 11th May – Friday 3rd July.  The event details are below:

Forfar Reid Hall Tuesday 19th May 2015 3.30pm  – 7.00pm
Perth Perth Concert Hall Wednesday 20th May 2015 3.30pm – 7.00pm
Cupar Corn Exchange Thursday 28th May 2015 3.30pm – 7.00pm
Dundee Central Library  Wednesday 3rd June 2015 3.30pm – 7.00pm

At these events, we want you to have the opportunity to ask us questions about anything you don’t understand, want any more information on or if you would like to find out more about what we, TAYplan, do and are planning for.

Keep in touch with us

We are on Twitter (@TAYplan).  Please follow us as this will be one of the places where we post weekly with any updates during the consultation.

As ever, if you have any comments/ queries, don’t hesitate phone or email us on 01382 307180 / contactus@tayplan-sdpa.gov.uk.

TAYplan and the University of Dundee are reaching out to over 900 young people…

TAYplan have begun work, in preparation for a 2015 Youth Camp on 11th June.  Nine schools, from across the TAYplan area, have signed up for the Youth Camp.  Working in partnership with the University of Dundee, TAYplan have visited each of these schools. Over 900 young people have attended the school visits, building capacity among them and assisting them to better understand place and planning in a way that is easily digestible and interesting to them.  For some of these young people, this may be the only opportunity they have to hear about planning and how they can influence their place.  A range of techniques were used to engage the young people, encouraging them to get involved through role play, ask questions and teach us more about their areas.

The use of Minecraft has provided an excellent tool in which to engage young people and to develop their spatial awareness of place and the implications of changing that place. Using Dundee Waterfront has also helped raise the awareness of the area’s largest regeneration project.  A demonstration of the Minecraft software was given at the school visits, with each school given unique login details for the young people to familiarise themselves with it, prior to the Youth Camp.

It has been evident that the Youth Camp and related school visits have been well received by the schools and young people themselves.  A number of young people expressed an interest in the Youth Camp during the school visits.  There are 5 places available to each school at the Youth Camp and each school has now been tasked with considering which young people should come along.

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(Above) Photographs of school visits at High School of Dundee, Kinross High School and Montrose Academy

The focus of the Youth Camp is on specific learning outcomes around people, place and the environment and playing a part in bringing about positive change in the young people’s school and wider community.

TAYplan consider the role of young people in planning (both through consultation and in terms of the profession) to be centrally important.  TAYplan believes it is important to help build the future of planning by encouraging young people into the profession.  Often time is not taken to create the opportunities for young people to engage with planning. TAYplan and the University of Dundee have made it one of their priorities. Planners need to encourage future generations to have more of a say in how their places change.


  • Are there any methods you have used to engage with young people that you have found particularly effective? If so, it would be great to hear from you…