Local Place Plans

What is a Local Place Plan and why do we need one? 

Local Place Plans are a way for communities, working with local authorities and other public sector organisations, to bring forward proposals that reflect National and Local Outcomes. Also, by reflecting those wider policies and plans in Local Place Plans, communities should find it easier to make change happen.

In short, it's a way of telling planners and the local authority how we would like to see our town develop.

From the Fife Council web site:

Local Place Plans (LPPs) were introduced by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 with the aim of enhancing engagement in development planning, and empowering communities to play a proactive role in defining the future of their places. They are community-led plans setting out proposals for the development and use of land. Once registered by the planning authority, they are to be taken into account in the preparation of the local development plan.

The Planning Act defines Local Place Plans as a ‘proposal as to the development or use of land’. Development may refer to new buildings, changes to the use/appearance of existing buildings, and other changes in the way land is used.

Examples of the types of issues that a Local Place Plan should normally focus on are:

        • sites which support climate change adaptation/renewable energy/flood mitigation
        • local initiatives for the promotion of active travel and community food growing
        • sites for housing (including affordable), local employment or tourism/community facilities
        • retaining and improving/expanding open space, play facilities and other green/blue infrastructure
        • conservation of the natural and built environment
        • improvements to town, village and neighbourhood centres
        • support for a national development (as featured in the National Planning Framework)


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