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Town centre living in Scotland: A catalyst for change?

The stories of more than 25 exemplar town centre living projects and case studies from across Scotland were showcased as part of a roadshow involving more than 200 people.

The 2024 Town Centre Living and Investment Roadshow featured five events, visiting four places with representatives of councils, community organisations, improvement districts, architects, town planners and housing associations among those taking part.

They have been held as communities across the country awaken to the benefits of having more people living – as well as working – in the heart of communities.

It is a move credited with adding vibrancy and footfall to towns, whether by bringing disused sites back to life, creating a new generation of sustainable homes above shops and other buildings or on other sites.

The roadshow was delivered collaboratively by Scotland’s Towns Partnership, Scottish Futures Trust, Architecture and Design Scotland and the Scottish Land Commission.

You can hear some of the thoughts of those who took part in the video below.

Key themes and best practices shared during the discussions were shared with the joint CoSLA and Ministerial National Towns Forum.

You can read many of the stories shared on this website.

A total of 220 people – including representatives of 26 local authorities, nine enterprise agencies and the Scottish Government – have taken part in the events.

The roadshow visited Perth, Paisley, Inverness, Falkirk, with a further session being held online.

It covered topics including repurposing empty assets, private sector investment, how to create the best conditions to live in town centres and how rural and island communities can embrace opportunities.

In each of the places visited, delegates took part in walking tours to look at regeneration work and how town centre living has – or will – play a part in that.