Local Place Plans

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 on the Place Programme is available.


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. We are currently taking the Proposed Local Development Plan as amended forward to Scottish Minister for formal adoption having concluded the Examination process. Formal adoption is anticipated by Summer 2024.

There is sufficient time for communities to progress with LPPs and feed into the next Local Development Plan process, which has not yet commenced.  

Validation and Registration of LPPs

The validation and registration guidance including registration submission checklist will help communities through the process.

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.

Engagement resources/toolkits

  • 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 are available.
  • FAQs