Guidance on inclusive design for town centres and busy streets

Closed 29 Mar 2024

Opened 11 Jan 2024


When the design of town centres and busy street environments does not fully take into account the needs of all members of the community, people may become excluded from these areas and the essential functions that they provide. Potential barriers to access should be removed and not included in any scheme.

This national guidance has been developed to support the design of town centres and busy streets that are inclusive. It is based on the premise that if the area is designed for disabled people, then the majority will benefit.

This draft guidance was developed in response to research which identified that street design should consider the needs of everyone and should take into account all Protected Characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. The research recommended that the principles which it identified should be embedded in guidance and applied practice.

Guidance on Inclusive Design for Town Centres and Busy Streets

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Why your views matter

Our town centres and streets provide facilities and amenities which play a vital role in supporting the needs of our communities and in developing a positive sense of local identity. Ensuring that all members of Scotland’s communities irrespective of age, ability or gender have the ability to access these areas safely and confidently without obstruction is an important part of delivering an inclusive society.

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After the closing date, the responses will be analysed and any necessary changes or amendments will be applied then discussed with the working group before the final version is published.


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