Loneliness and Isolation – November 2018

Loneliness and Isolation, Planning a Solution 2018
November 27th 2018 – Saracen House, Glasgow

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Following The Equal Opportunities Committee report on Social Isolation and the responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on this issue, it is clear that social isolation and loneliness is something that can affect anyone at any age or stage of their lives and that a national strategy is needed to tackle this problem. Feelings of loneliness have been demonstrated to have wide ranging consequences for those effected and has been shown to lead to depression across all ages, as well as cognitive decline and dementia in older people. There are also serious physical health implications.

The design and planning of public spaces and communities has the capacity to be a vital tool in tackling this issue with community engagement, consultation and inclusion in the planning process having the potential to create communities, both rural and urban, with genuine opportunity for and facilitation of social interaction through innovative approaches and new strategies such as co-housing. We will also examine how the new Planning Bill and the planning system can play a vital role in creating a more joined-up approach to improve outcomes for communities alongside the implications new The Fairer Scotland Duty and the National Performance Framework when tackling social isolation.

With this event, PAS aims to facilitate further discussion between the relevant government agencies, central government, local government, RSLs, planners, development trusts and other private, public and third sector stake holders. The outcomes from these discussions then have the capacity to help inform responses to this consultation.


PAS helps people to engage with the places they live in. PAS provides impartial planning advice, training, education programmes, facilitation, community visioning and awareness-raising to ensure everyone has a voice in creating positive communities.

A copy of the agenda for the event follows below and will be updated regularly. If you have any queries regarding the event please contact us via events@impactengagement.co.uk.

Event Agenda

9:20 Introduction from the Chair – Irene Beautyman, Planning for Place Programme Manager, The Improvement Service

9:30 Session one – Policy, consultation and current activity

Understanding planning legislation – Craig McLaren, Scotland Director, RTPI

The role of the Place Standard in assessing and addressing isolation – Sandy Robinson, Principal Architect, Scottish Government

Understanding and acting on the consultation – Trevor Owen, Cohesive Communities Team Leader, Scottish Government

Funding and practicalities


10:45 Break and networking

11:00 Session 2 – Placemaking, communities and access to services

The role of co-living and other innovations – Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, PAS

Access to services within communities – Margaret Fraser, Head of Regeneration, ng homes

Communities and services case study

Placemaking case study – Kirstin Taylor, Director, LDA Design


12:40 Lunch and networking

15:00 Close