Local Place Plans

Preparing Local Place Plans

Who can prepare Local Place Plans

Local Place Plans can be prepared by community bodies, either Community Councils or community-controlled bodies.

For information on who can formally prepare a Local Place Plan, read our Local Place Plan preparer checklist

This checklist should be submitted to lpp@highland.gov.uk, at the earliest opportunity, by any group who has started or will soon be starting Local Place Plan preparations. 

Your local Third Sector Delivery Organisation will be able to advise on group governance and any changes that may be required to meet requirements of a community-controlled group under the Community Empowerment Act.

Current deadline for Local Place Plan preparation

Local Place Plans can be prepared at any time.

However, in order for them to be fully considered as evidence for the new Local Development Plan we have currently set a date by which Local Place Plans should be registered. 

We ask that Local Place Plans are submitted at the earliest opportunity ahead of the extended deadline of Friday 27 September 2024 to provide more time for the checking process. 

Preparing a Local Place Plan

Any Community Council or other community body deciding to prepare a Local Place Plan is asked to notify the Development Plans Team by completing our Notification of Intent form.

Download the Notification of Intent form

The information that, by law, must accompany a Local Place Plan submission is stated in the Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) checklist for Local Place Plan validation.

Guidance and tools to help communities prepare Local Place Plans

The following also applies to the preparation of Local Place Plans:

Local Place Plan area map

  • the map accompanying a Local Place Plan submission must clearly indicate the boundary of the land that it covers.
  • the boundary must be drawn as a solid line (not fuzzy) so that we can accurately plot it onto our Local Place Plan map register.
  • examples of potential Local Place Plan area boundaries include Community Council area or the geographical community served by the group preparing the plan (as defined in its governing articles).

Weblinks included in your Local Place Plan

  • weblinks can be used to guide readers to any documents that were used while during the preparation of your Local Place Plan.
  • any weblinks included in your Local Place Plan should be provided as a full URL, either in-text or in a footnote.

Contact details


  • the community group preparing the Local Place Plan is responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions for the use of any photos and graphics included in their Local Place Plan prior to submitting it to the Council.