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How Community Planning Works

A Community Planning Partnership (or CPP) is the name given to all those services that come together to take part in community planning. There are 32 CPPs across Scotland, one for each council area.  Each CPP is responsible for developing and delivering a plan for its council area. 

Effective community planning brings together the collective talents and resources of local public services and communities to drive positive change on local priorities.  It focuses on where partners’ collective efforts and resources, can add most value for their local communities, with particular emphasis on reducing inequalities.

Under Part 2 Community Planning, of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 CPPs are responsible for producing 2 types of plan to describe its local priorities, the improvements it plans for and by when. 

The first type of plan is Local Outcomes Improvement Plan which covers the whole council area.  The second type of plan is a Locality Plan.  Locality Plans cover smaller areas within the CPP area, usually focusing on those areas which benefit most from improvement. Each CPP will produce at least one Locality Plan and some CPPs will produce many – there is no fixed number.  Locality planning aims to meet local needs and ambitions, so the views of local communities are particularly important.

CPPs should organise themselves in whatever way they think will help them to work well. As part of this, they should make sure that everyone involved is clear about what they have agreed to do and who is responsible for doing what.