Information on Local place plans

Information on Local place plans

What Local Place Plans (LPP's) are

The Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced Local Place Plans (LPPs). They are a way for a community to play a proactive role in the planning process by producing a formal document about how that area’s land should be used and submitting it to the Planning Authority to inform the preparation of any new Local Development Plan.

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, suggest ways they can be addressed through the planning process, and
  • request changes to the local development plan.

Who produces a LPP

Only community bodies that meet the following may produce local place plans:

What to do if my community is not represented by a community body

For any communities where no community body is established, the Council will support communities to look at avenues for bringing community members together who are interested in developing a Local Place Plan to give communities the best opportunity to proactively plan their place.

How can I participate in the local development plan process if my community is not represented by a community body?

Alternatively, anyone interested in the local development plan can participate in its preparation as an individual member of the public through public consultation and engagement sessions which the Council will be conducting at key stages in the process.

The first opportunity for people to engage in the preparation of the next local development plan, regardless of whether they or their community is preparing an LPP, will be the ‘”Have a say in the future of your place” (call for evidence) consultation commencing in July 2023 - please refer to the Stirling Local Development Scheme for more information about when, how and with whom engagement will take place.

How to prepare a LPP

LPPs must be prepared under the Town and Country Planning (Local Place Plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2021

The following guidance has also been published to support communities in preparing LPPs.

Why prepare a LPP

LPPs have an important role in shaping the preparation of Local Development Plans and provide communities with the ability to shape the appearance, form, and function of the places in which they live.

They can also identify issues experienced in a community and explore actions to improve them, which may help direct investment and services to where it is most needed.

They allow individuals within communities to collaborate with one another and with other organisations to shape their future place, building community bonds and a sense of community spirit.

Invitations to prepare LPP's be issued

Formal invitations to prepare LPPs will be issued to Community Bodies early July 2023 by email/letter and through the Local Place Plans resource hub.

When a LPP be submitted

A LPP can be submitted to the planning authority for validation and registration at any point; however, to guarantee its consideration in preparing the next Local Development Plan (LDP3), we anticipate that LPPs will need to be validated and registered within 18 months of the date of the invitation to prepare an LPP. We will issue this invitation in early July 2023.

LPPs registered after the deadline

LPPs registered after the deadline will not be considered in the preparation of LDP3; they will instead be considered during the next Local Development Plan cycle. However, there are various ways for individuals and communities to participate in the preparation of LDP3 as set out in the Stirling Local Development Plan Scheme.

LPP must be about the development or use of land

Sometimes places need to change, adapt, and grow through development activities such as the construction of new buildings and changes to the use or appearance of existing buildings and land.

The statutory development plan plays a crucial role in decisions about the future development of buildings and land in our cities, towns, and countryside by identifying circumstances in which new development will be supported or not; in the interests of people, climate, environment, and the economy.

The guidance contained within circular 1/2022 Local Place Plans provides additional information on development and land use.

How might a community body have regard to National Planning Framework in preparing an LPP

National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) is part of the statutory ‘development plan’ for Stirling. It sets out the Scottish Ministers’ policies and proposals for the development and use of land.

A good starting point would be to consider the six spatial principles in NPF4 – Just transition; Conserving and recycling assets; Local living; Compact urban growth; Rebalanced development, and Rural revitalisation – can help support the planning and delivery of a place that is sustainable, liveable and productive in line with the national spatial strategy.

Can people that out-with the boundaries of a LPP participate in its preparation?

Yes, communities are encouraged to consult as widely as possible to allow people to have a say in places of interest to them, whether that is an area in which they live, work or spend their time.

Can Community Plans already produced for a place be submitted as a LPP?

Only plans that have been prepared in accordance with the legislative requirements set out in the Town and Country Planning (Local Place Plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 can be validated and registered. However, existing community plans, such as Locality Plans, are a great place from which to start identifying community aspirations and actions that could be turned into proposals for development.

The status LPP's have in planning application decisions once registered

Local Place Plans registered by Stirling Council will not be part of the statutory development plan as defined by the Planning Act but will inform the preparation of future Local Development Plans.

Registered Local Place Plans may be material considerations in planning application decisions with the weight to be applied to the relevant considerations determined on a case-by-case basis.

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