Closer Connections: Community Planning and Spatial Planning


Local Outcome Improvement Plans, Locality Plans, Local Development Plans and Local Place Plans – how do we link them all up?

Both the Community Empowerment Act and the recent Planning Bill focus on empowering communities to have more influence. Both also establish and promote the contribution of closer links between Community Planning and spatial planning in achieving this shared objective.

What will this mean for the public sector in the years ahead? What is already happening to ensure we work in collaboration with communities and delivering outcomes?

This event will share experience to date on meeting this joint challenge and consider what we can be doing to measure success.

Four Councils will share their experience of how they are:

  • collaborating on putting long term public interest central to the spatial planning and community planning process;
  • representing in spatial terms agreed priorities identified in LOIPs and Locality Plans in the Local Development Plan process;
  • achieving more collaborative working around Place (if this has been formalised through joint attendance on any groups or within any governance arrangements) to move away form silo working and reduce consultation fatigue.
  • representing in spatial terms agreed priorities identified in LOIPs and Locality Plans in the impending introduction of Local Place Plans;
  • considering measures of success?


09:30 – Registration and refreshments

10:00 – Session 1

  • Welcome and objective setting – Irene Beautyman (Planning for Place Programme Manager, Improvement Service)
  • North Ayrshire Council: Direct link between LOIP and LDP – Neale McIlvanney (Planning) and Morna Rae (Community Planning Manager)
  • West Dunbartonshire Council: Collaborative engagement on LDP and Locaity Plans – Antony McGuiness (Planning) and Amanda Coulthard (Community Planning Manager)
  • Q & A Panel

11:20 – Break

11:35 – Workshop 1

  • Sharing practice across Scotland

12:15 – Lunch Break

13:00 – Session 2

  • Welcome back and reflections – Irene Beautyman
  • East Ayrshire Council: Community Led Action plans into Local Place Plans – John Semple (Planning) and Milissa McCulloch (Vibrant Communities)
  • Angus Council: Community Planning, Spatial Planning and the Place Standard Tool – Jill Paterson (Planning) and Helen Reid (Community Planning)
  • Q & A Panel
  • Improvement Service: What role can planning services play in improving outcomes? – Emily Lynch (Programme Manager – Performance Management & Benchmarking)
  • Heads of Planning Scotland: What guides planning policy? – Speaker TBC

15:15 – Workshop 2

  • What outcomes do we share and what are the tensions?

15:45 – Closing comments and what next

16:00 – Close

This event is free to staff of all of our member councils and organisations. Please check the link below to see list of members on our website to check if you are elegible for a free place.

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