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Community Planning - FAQ

1.    Why is place planning important?

It's important to understand both the existing, and potential, strengths of our places. This can help the community, council and the national government to make good decisions and allows to target resources where they are needed most. Place planning was the umbrella term used by SAC for anything related to place. There is now a distinction between Community-led action plans (Thriving Communities) and Local Place Plans (Planning and Development). Both teams are working together, and both plans would be complementary of each other rather than working in silos or repeating work.

2.    Is place planning happening all over South Ayrshire?

Yes, every locality is being offered the possibility and support to develop a community-led action plan as part of local place planning.

3.    What is a community-led action plan?

A Community Action Plan is an important community document which helps a community prioritise community needs, set out a list of activities for a community and helps Local and State government understand what the needs are for communities. Community-led plans can cover a wide range of issues and themes, depending on the needs and vision of the community involved.

4.    What's the difference between community action plan and a local place plan?

Community Action Plans focus on articulating a common vision for a community and detailing the steps that are needed to get there. They are often used to coordinate collaboration between local groups or help guide investment and funding applications.

Local Place Plans are more focused on land use. They are a new type of plan (introduced by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019) giving communities the opportunity to create proposals for the development and use of land in their place, enabling communities to focus on their aspirations as well as their needs. While Local Place Plans may touch upon any issue that relates to a particular place, the core focus should be on the development and use of land, for example, housing land allocation or the design of new public green space.

Community Action Plans can be a stepping stone towards a local place plan, as local place plans generally incorporate the community action plans with the actual mapping/drawings of the concerned area.

5.    Who is taking these plans forward?

Thriving Communities (SAC) are supporting the community-led action plans, whilst the Planning and Development (SAC) are looking at the Local Place Plans developed by the communities as part of the Local Development Plan 3. The target date for the LDP 3 is October 2024 and the communities can present their LPP to the planning and development team not less than 28 days prior to the issuing of the LDP3. If the October target date is not met, communities can still present/register their LPP, however it may not be taken into consideration for the LDP3.

6.    Is there a deadline/target date for the community-led action plan?

No there are no deadlines for the community-led action plans. It depends on the priorities of the community-led body.

7.    What's the link between Planning and Development team and Place Planning (community-led action plans)?

Given that there are many teams working on separate plans, we're trying to work together to make sure we avoid consultation fatigue, share results and ensure that we're walking in the same direction of travel.

8.    Why should community councils get involved?

As the community-led body representing the local community, it would be the ideal group to lead on the community-led action plan, yet it does not exclude community associations, development trusts or any other community-led body to be participative in the development of an action plan.


Community Council (CC):


Community Councils are voluntary bodies which exist within a statutory framework and which have been granted statutory rights of consultation. The general purpose of a Community Council is to ascertain, co-ordinate and express the wider views of the entire community within its boundaries.

Engagement Outcome:


The Council undertook a series of Community Conversations with the community in different localities, that sought to identify the main concerns facing residents. This report presents the findings from the engagements and provides the basis from which the next round of conversations can take place where actions to address priorities will be developed.

Local Place Plan:


Local Place Plans (LPPs) are community-led plans setting out proposals for the development and use of land. Introduced by the 2019 Planning (Scotland) Act, these plans will present a community's aspirations for its future development, and provide a new opportunity for communities to feed into the planning system with ideas and proposals. Once completed and then registered by the planning authority, they will be taken into account in the preparation of the next Local Development Plan.

Place Plan:

The Place Plan is a partnership plan that is led by the community. It includes actions that depend on all parties with an active interest in localities for their success. In some cases an action might be best delivered with a community lead, or with the community taking a leadership position within a partnership. 

Community Action Plan (CAP):


Community Action Plans focus on articulating a common vision for a community and detailing the steps that are needed to get there. They are often used to coordinate collaboration between local groups or help guide investment and funding applications.

Locality Profile:


To make informed decisions about strategic planning and commissioning, the HSCP need to fully understand our community which can be done using a range of population data as well as our own local intelligence. Locality Planning in South Ayrshire will have two main purposes:

•  To jointly assess need, prioritise and plan how all resources, irrespective of their origin, can best be deployed in pursuit of the delivery of the National and Local Outcomes; and • To be the local focus for service delivery and support by organisations from across the sectors to the population or communities within the area. South Ayrshire is divided in 6 locality health profiles which have recently expired and are being renewed.