Local place plans
Local Place Plans (LPPs) are community led plans which present proposals for the development and use of land. It is a chance for community stakeholders to voice their own ideas and aspirations about the places they live, work and spend time in.
Further information is available on the Council’s Place Programme pages.
- The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 sets out the legislative framework for LPPs. The Act is supported by the Town and Country Planning (Local Place Plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2021, which came into force 22 January 2022.
- The Planning Circular 1/2022: Local Place Plans provides guidance on the legislative requirements for the preparation, submission and registration of LPPs and matters not explicitly required by legislation. See further guidance in the resource section below.
Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal: Place Programme
Four communities in the Scottish Borders; Eyemouth, Galashiels, Hawick and Jedburgh, have been invited to prepare Place Plans. The Borderlands Place Programme has funding of £7.25m available over 7 years (24/25 - 30/31) for these towns. There will be further requirements such as a Town Investment Plan and both Plans will be presented to Council and the Borderlands Place Programme Board for approval.
Timescale - invitation to create Local Place Plans
It is anticipated that a deadline for the submission of LPPs will be set to allow for them to be reviewed, registered and taken into account in the preparation of the next iteration of the Local Development Plan. This means LPPs can have potential influence over identification of land for development or policy changes. The Proposed Local Development Plan is currently subject to examination and it is anticipated there will be a decision in spring/early summer 2023. There is sufficient time for communities to progress with LPPs and feed into the next Local Development Plan process, which has not yet commenced.
There are currently no registered LPPs in the Scottish Borders. Please return to check later for updates and guidance on the registration process.
Find out what is going on in terms of Place Making across the Scottish Borders
- The Scottish Government has produced Our Place website with information on all things Place, with resources and toolkits.
- The Scottish Community Development Centre and Nick Wright developed a draft ‘How to Guide' aimed at supporting communities to prepare Local Place Plans. An updated version is anticipated.
- Planning Aid Scotland have produced a practical guide PAS Guide for Community Delivery of Local Place Plans designed to support communities through the process of developing a Local Place Plan.
- The Place Standard Tool is a way of accessing places through different themes. Note there are different versions of the Tool available: The Place Standard Tool with Climate lens; Place Standard Tool Children and Young Peoples’ Version; and Place Standard Design Version.
- National Standards for Community Engagement are a set of good practice principles to support community engagement.
- Community Map Scotland - a mapping tool to help communities build a Local Place Plan.
- Further resources can be found on our Resources page.