Local Place Plans have been introduced as part of the new planning system to allow communities to prepare their own plans that can be taken into consideration during the preparation of the next Local Development Plan. They provide a new opportunity for communities to feed into the planning system by setting out their ideas, aspirations as well as proposals about how land is developed and used in their local area. Local Place Plans can build on the existing Community Action Plans that most communities across the National Park have prepared.
Invitation to create Local Place Plans
The Cairngorms National Park Authority wants the next Local Development Plan to be shaped by the aims and ambitions of communities across the National Park. We are inviting community councils and other community bodies to create their own community-led Local Place Plans that we would take into account in preparing the next Local Development Plan.
It is up to each community body to decide if they want to prepare a Local Place Plan, however, it is important that we make sure there is enough time for it to be submitted and checked so it can feed into and inform the next Local Development Plan at the earliest possible stage. Based on current timescales for preparing the next Local Development Plan, Local Place Plans would need to be submitted to the Park Authority by the end of May 2024 in order to be taken account of in the next Local Development Plan, but a Local Place Plan that is completed after that date can still be taken account of in future planning decisions or a future Local Development Plan.
Who can create a Local Place Plan?
The types of community body that can formally prepare a Local Place Plan are set out in Circular 1/22: Local Place Plans. These are:
What should Local Place Plans contain?
It is a requirement of the new planning legislation that Local Place Plans must contain:
- Details of the community body who prepared it;
- A map that shows the geographical area to which the Local Place Plan relates; and
- A statement setting out the development proposals or use of land within this area.
In addition, a Community Body must be able to show that it followed the necessary process in preparing the Local Place Plan to ensure it can be registered. This includes:
- confirming the Community Body’s status (unless it is a Community Council);
- sending copies of the proposed Local Place Plan and an information notice to local councillors and communities within the area;
- setting out how the Local Place Plan has taken account of the Local Development Plan, National Planning Framework 4 and any other local plans for the area;
- setting out why the Local Development Plan should be amended; and
- detailing the level and nature of local support for the Local Place Plan.
Further information about what a Local Place Plan should contain and how it should be prepared to ensure it is valid, are set out in Circular 1/2022 Local Place Plans.
While it is intended that Local Place Plans will be community-led, they will require collaborative working. The Park Authority can provide further information about the process while additional support may also be available from the the local Community Development Organisations within the National Park – Voluntary Action Badenoch and Strathspey and Marr Area Partnership.
Once a Local Place Plan has been submitted, it will be checked and registered. It can then be taken into account in preparing the Local Development Plan. Therefore, if Local Place Plans can be submitted sooner than the end of May 2024 this will provide more time, if needed, for the clearance process. A Local Place Plan that is completed after that date can still be taken account of in future planning decisions or a future Local Development Plan.
What about Community Action Plans?
Many communities within the National Park are already involved in preparing Community Action Plans. These remain important documents that set out the aspirations of the local communities and will continue to be taken into account in the Local Development Plan process. Local Place Plans have a more spatial focus and can be prepared in addition to these, however they must meet more stringent legislative requirements to ensure they are valid and can be registered.
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Guidance on creating Local Place Plans
Resources which may help your community prepare a Local Place Plan
Register of Local Place Plans
We will keep a register of Local Place Plans that have been created by communities in the Cairngorms National Park. This register will be made available here so that communities can see if there is a Local Place Plan for their area.
Once Local Place Plans have been registered, we have a responsibility to take them into account while preparing our Local Development Plan.
No Local Place Plans are currently registered in the Cairngorms National Park.
If you have any questions about Local Place Plans, contact us.
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