Local Place Plans

Local Place Plans (LPP) provide a new opportunity for communities to feed into the planning system with ideas and proposals. 

They are to be developed by communities and contain proposals for the development and use of land. They should highlight planning and spatial design issues and include a spatial vision for your community . They can also identify land and buildings that the community consider to be of particular significance. They can encourage the development of solutions to local issues.

The sort of things you may want to consider within a LPP include;

  • Improvements to community facilities
  • Sites for new housing
  • Sites for climate change adaptation – renewable energy/ flood mitigation
  • Retaining, improving or expansion of open spaces and green/blue infrastructure
  • Conservation of natural/built heritage
  • Improvements to town/neighbourhood centre.
  • Space for community growing
  • Improvements to public spaces
  • Active travel initiatives

An LPP can be developed by:

You must define the geographic area your LPP will cover.  Use community identity as a starting point, this will often coincide with community council area or electoral ward, but not always.

A LPP is a way of your community working in partnership with the local authority and other public sector organisation, to bring forward proposals that should reflect national outcomes (national planning framework) and local authority, local development plan.  They will involve working collaboratively and in partnership, but should remain community led.

LPPs must, if they are to be registered by the local authority, comply with legal requirements. Once registered the plan will be taken into account in the preparation of the Local Development Plan. To be considered in the 2028 Local Development Plan, LPPs must be submitted by late 2024.

Advice and support can be accessed from Aberdeenshire Council.

Communities that already have an up to date Community Action Plan (CAP) may be able to use the information within this plan to formulate a LPP, if there are spatial/planning issues within it.  The LPP has to include certain elements and be presented in a certain way to be accepted by the local authority.

A LPP must:

  • Contain a map that shows the land which the LPP relates to.
  • Identify the community body that has prepared the plan.
  • Contain a statement of the community body’s proposal as to the development or use of land within the Local Place Plan area.

The community body undertaking the plan should seek views on the plan (in the form of a formal information notice) from Councillors for the LPP area and any community council whose area is within, or adjoins, the LPP area.

There is also a requirement to include a statement outlining the level of support for the LPP, taking into account how you have reached that view. We would advise that robust and inclusive community engagement is the best way to ensure you can ascertain community support for any plan. It is common for there to be differences of opinion on proposals and this should be taken account of.

It depends on the size of the area and the amount of spatial/planning issues identified but the LPP can be a relatively short, visual document.  There are various specific pieces of information that must be included when submitting the application, details on these can be found on the Aberdeenshire Council Website.

More information about Local Place Plans including resources and examples, can be found here: