The Stalled Spaces report identified the following priorities for action:

further research

This needs to focus on identifying and analysing Scottish and international examples and investigating the technical, legal and practical issues relating to temporary uses of stalled development sites.

developing and sharing good practice

This includes:

  • communicating the benefits of temporary uses and temporary spaces
  • developing exemplars for leases and management agreements (including managing liabilities)
  • communicating the temporary nature of spaces, managing expectations and developing clear and agreed exit strategies
  • resourcing temporary greenspaces
  • selecting appropriate temporary uses
  • designing for temporary uses
  • creating of temporary greenspaces
  • managing temporary greenspaces

This involves: support for policy and strategy development relating to temporary uses; support for new demonstration projects and initiatives in Scotland; and distillation and dissemination of learning.

developing a spatial context for temporary greenspaces

The development of temporary greenspace in any stalled space is likely to have local benefits but to deliver maximum impact (particularly with finite resources) it is essential that the ‘right’ spaces are developed for greenspace uses. This selection process may relate to the spaces which are having the largest negative impacts (perhaps those in the communities with the worst health deprivation or spaces which are blighting town centres and deterring shoppers and businesses). Alternatively, it may be about the spaces which have the greatest potential to contribute to wider green infrastructure and green networks.

Deciding on the ‘right’ spaces for temporary greenspace requires a good strategic understanding of geographic and spatial priorities – these are likely to be captured in local development plans and/or open space strategies. It is important that these documents address the potential for temporary uses of stalled and vacant sites both as a policy commitment and in terms of spatial priorities