Local place plans

Local place plans were introduced by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019. They’re a way for a community to take a larger role in the planning process by:

  • creating a formal document about how that area’s land should be used
  • submitting this document to the relevant planning authority

A community can use a local place plan to:

  • set out its vision for the development of a single place, building or wider geographical area
  • highlight issues that are specific to that area, and suggest ways they can be tackled
  • request changes to the area’s local development plan

Who can develop a local place plan

Only community bodies can develop local place plans. This means either:

How you can develop a local place plan

If your body fits this definition, you can develop a plan through community-led, collaborative activities.

When you do this, you must make sure you comply with the Town and Country Planning (Local Place Plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2021. To help with this, you can read official guidance in the Scottish Government’s:

Local place plans and the next Stirling Local Development Plan

Stirling Council will begin work on our next Stirling Local Development Plan in late 2022 or early 2023. When we do this, we’ll:

  • invite communities in the Stirling Council area to prepare local place plans
  • tell communities how long they have to submit and register these plans

How you can find out more or get help

If your community is interested in preparing a local place plan, or you just want to find out more, please email LDP@stirling.gov.uk.