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Community Engagement

The Community Engagement work package includes implementation of Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 provisions relating to:

  • Local place plans
  • Effective community engagement
  • Mediation guidance
  • Pre-application consultation

Community Engagement Working Group

December 2019 meeting slides - PDF (1.03MB)

December 2019 meeting discussion Summary - PDF (390kB)

October 2020 meeting discussion Summary - PDF (240kB)

Local Place Plans

Local Place Plans (LPPs) offer the opportunity for a community led, but collaborative, approach to creating great local places. LPPs can support community aspirations on the big challenges for a future Scotland, such as responding to the global climate emergency and tackling inequalities, and help shape local planning policies and development priorities contained in the Local Development Plan.

Local Place Plan regulations

The 2019 Planning Act provides the framework for the delivery of LPPs. Following on from a consultation paper on regulations to clarify the arrangements for their preparation, submission and registration, the Scottish Government laid the Town and Country Planning (Local Place Plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 in the Scottish Parliament on 7 October 2021. Subject to Parliament’s approval, these regulations will come into force on 22 January 2022.

The 2021 regulations are explained in the policy note.  In addition, you can find the accompanying impact assessments prepared alongside the regulations.

We commissioned an independent consultation analysis report. Where we have been given permission, the consultation responses have been published.

You can find further information on the next steps on our blog.

Draft ‘How to’ Guide

We commissioned the Scottish Community Development Centre and Nick Wright Planning to undertake a review of community-led planning in Scotland and to distil that learning into a draft ‘How to’ Guide aimed at supporting communities to prepare Local Place Plans. See the research report and draft ‘How to prepare a local place plan’ Guide. Whilst we are not consulting formally on the draft ‘How to’ Guide, we are keen to hear people’s views on its contents. We are currently considering the responses and further actions to finalise the ‘How to’ Guide.

Mediation in Planning

As introduced by Section 40 of the 2019 Planning Act, the Scottish Ministers have issued guidance on the promotion and use of mediation in planning. This followed consultation in early 2021. See also the consultation analysis report.

The associated impact assessments are listed below: 

Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment 

Island Communities Impact Assessment

Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment

Equality Impact Assessment – Results

Pre-application Consultation

The changes to requirements for pre-application consultation requirements with communities about national and major development, which were due to come into force on 1 October 2021, and the related changes in section 18 of the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019, are to be postponed until 1 April 2022. To this effect, Regulations in SSI 2021/292 and SSI 2021/291 came into effect on 29 September 2021. Work will, however, continue on guidance to accompany the postponed changes.


Last Updated: 07 Oct 2021