Local Place Plans – one of the provisions of the new Scottish planning system – are the subject of much uncertainty in the world of Scottish planning. They are a new type of plan giving people an opportunity to develop proposals for the development and use of land in the place where they live.

SCDC and Nick Wright Planning were commissioned by the Scottish Government to start conversations about the opportunities and challenges presented by Local Place Plans. Using action research, they wanted to find out more about the implications of Local Place Plans for the planning system and communities.

These discussions took place with people from local communities and those who work for local authorities and national organisations, culminating in a national seminar and this report - Local Place Plans: Challenges & Opportunities.

10 guiding principles

As a taster of what’s in the report, here are the 10 guiding principles suggested to the government:

  1. Local Place Plans (LPPs) should be community led.
  2. LPPs should be prepared through inclusive and robust community engagement.
  3. LPPs should express a clear vision with key actions.
  4. LPPs should be co-produced and co-delivered.
  5. LPPs should reflect community aspirations, and should not be limited to spatial planning.
  6. The spatial elements of LPPs should inform Local Development Plans.
  7. LPPs should be tools for community empowerment and addressing inequality.
  8. LPPs should be tools to help community planning and land-use planning achieve better outcomes.
  9. LPP boundaries should reflect local community boundaries.
  10. LPPs and Community Action Plans can essentially be the same thing.

View the full report