Innovation Exchange

Places for Business and Industry Charrette


Key activities

Benefits and impacts


This was the first time a charrette approach has been used to establish new land use planning policies.  The charrette was an innovative way of communicating with targeted stakeholders on how to encourage the growth of business in North Lanarkshire. The aim being to provide a framework for preparing the economic policies for the Local Development Plan that will be responsive to the needs of existing and new businesses in North Lanarkshire.


The project directly tackles issues that matter most to the council and communities, in that it demonstrates a modern engagement approach to providing planning services to customers, while also meeting local regeneration priorities of growing an infrastructure and environment that attracts investment and economic growth, creating strong sustainable and attractive places in which to live and work.

Theme: Partnership and Collaboration

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  • Identification of a number of issues that the Local Development Plan requires to address.

  • A mechanism for inclusive and transparent engagement has been established.

  • Businesses welcomed the enhanced networking opportunities that now exist.

  • The intelligence gained is now helping to set the parameters for the development by the council and other educational establishments of training for appropriate future employment.

The Charrette successfully brought together stakeholders from a very defined and targeted group using a varied and flexible format of accessible and inclusive engagement.


This was also the first time that the future framework for economic land use policy in North Lanarkshire had been developed in real partnership format with business partners, representatives from all sectors of the local business community, infrastructure providers and other council services. This openness and inclusiveness allowed a holistic approach, that not only looked at how the council could improve things for business land use planning policy alone, but in other areas as well such as skills training, funding, business rates and so on.


The Glasgow and Clyde Valley Strategic Development Plan Authority recognised the innovativeness and value of the project and is now interested in potentially applying the same methodology to other council areas.

  • Effective and inclusive process of communication that can be learned from and developed and adapted for use in other areas of customer consultation and engagement.

  • Location and timing of events was crucial in delivering effective workshop outcomes.

  • The specific training and experience of staff for this process is crucial. This can be built upon and utilised as a resource to take forward in affordable way with future similar projects in planning and other areas of council business.

Contact details:

To find out more about this case study, please contact:


Gordon Laing

Assistant Business Manager

North Lanarkshire Council

01236 632610

Case study added to site: June 2016

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