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A new Planning Bill has been published by the Scottish Government. The new legislation to simplify and improve the planning system has been set out by Local Government Minister Kevin Stewart.

Mr Stewart described how the Planning (Scotland) Bill, will create a new structure for a more proactive and enabling system with clearer development plans, earlier engagement with communities, streamlined procedures and smarter resourcing.

The Bill builds on recommendations of an independent review carried out by a panel of experts last year.

Mr Stewart said, “Scotland’s economy needs a world-class planning system. Our planning system must take a strong and confident lead in securing the development of great places that will stand the test of time and this Bill will encourage more people to play an active role in shaping these.”

The Scottish Co-Production Network (SCN) will be bringing people together again for another Co-production Week Scotland. The week will run from Monday 27 November to Sunday 3 December and will feature events, ideas and discussion about how we make co-production happen.

This year the Co-production Week Scotland will be focusing around the theme ‘POWER’ and asking people:

  • How can we address power imbalance through co-production?
  • What are the barriers that inequality of power brings?
  • How do we ensure power is shared equally?

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Recycle Week 2017 runs from Monday 25 September to Sunday 1 October and we’d love you to join our team of Waste Warriors.

Recycle Week is the UK’s annual recycling week, aiming to get everyone recycling more items more often by raising awareness of the benefits and dispelling some of the myths that still surround recycling. Over the course of the week Zero Waste Scotland will be encouraging people from all over the country to become waste warriors and do their bit by recycling as much as they can.

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Finding greenspaces has never been easier! The new free Greenspace layer in OS Maps is the easiest way to discover greenspaces across Britain.

Whether it’s a quick click online or a simple tap on the app, OS Maps lets you find different places for leisure and recreation across England, Scotland and Wales.

The Scottish Greenspace Map, released by greenspace scotland and the Scottish Government in 2011, was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. This new project with Ordnance Survey updates the Scottish Greenspace Map and extends it to England and Wales, with the aim of making it easier for people to find and access every green corner of Britain’s neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

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A drive to get children out to play has been launched. The year-long campaign, “Away and Play”, is powered by Inspiring Scotland. It will highlight the benefits of free and unstructured play in encouraging imagination, promoting risk-taking, improving health and helping children collaborate.

Research published in the academic journal Early Education and Development is part of a growing body of research on the subject. This has shown that children with higher levels of active outdoor play had improved cognition which resulted in better academic performance in reading and mathematics.

These findings are supported by evidence from Inspiring Scotland’s Active Play programme, which currently works with primary schools in Glasgow in partnership with Glasgow City Council, through which class teachers have reported greater alertness and focus from children following active outdoor play sessions.

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Overheads like heating, lighting and water have a huge impact on small organisations running costs. And with the price of electricity, water and raw materials in Scotland expected to rise over the coming years, small organisations and businesses are already bracing themselves for a hit.

Resource Efficient Scotland have suggested 9 practical ways that your organisation can hold on to its money by reducing energy and resource use.

The Hands Up Scotland Survey looks at how pupils across Scotland travel to school and is the largest national dataset on school travel.  The 2017 survey will take place from Monday 11 until Friday 15 September with schools selecting one day to carry out the survey.

Each September, schools across Scotland complete the survey in class by asking their pupils ‘How do you normally travel to school?’. Local authority officers distribute the survey to schools and return pupil responses to Sustrans for collation, analysis and reporting.

The results provide a valuable annual snapshot of school travel and are used by Sustrans, Transport Scotland and other groups to inform policy areas, monitor trends in school travel over time, and provide information relevant to a variety of health, transport and education initiatives.

For more information about the Hands Up Scotland survey please visit the Sustrans website where you can also download all the information for the 2017 survey. You can see the headline results from 2016 below.

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