Local Place Plans

Preparing 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.

For information to help ensure the validity and effectiveness of Local Place Plans for Community Bodies and their community, read our further guidance on Local Place Plan area and Community Body area.


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 deadline of Friday 27 September 2024.

The minimum time anticipated for The Highland Council checking process for Local Place Plan validation is 10 working days.

If you are able to submit further ahead of the deadline than this, that would be appreciated, as we may need to come back to you for amendments to your submission during the checking process.

Preparing a Local Place Plan

For information on the stages of Local Place Plan preparation, from draft, to proposed, to finalised, and then to registered, read our Local Place Plan Preparation Flow Chart.

Notifying the Council

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

There is no obligation to complete this form and it does not commit you to submitting a Local Place Plan at a future date. It is simply a means of indicating an intent to prepare a local place plan.

Download the Notification of Intent form

Local Place Plan templates

Our templates are designed to help community councils and community-controlled bodies who would like to prepare and submit a Local Place Plan.

Our Local Place Plan templates consist of a guidance document (provided in Word and PDF) and three blank templates:

Our Local Place Plan Template Guidance in Word is designed so that it can be worked in on a computer, e.g. for adding notes to the boxes, and has a handy navigation pane that can be activated by clicking on: View - Navigation Pane, in the 'Show' section, in the ribbon in Word.

Our Local Place Plan Template Guidance is also provided in PDF for ease of printing when using it in hard copy.

You do not have to use our templates. They are a guide that you may wish to follow to help ensure that your Local Place Plan meets the Government’s legal requirements for Local Place Plan preparation.

Scottish Government requirements

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.

Our Local Place Plan Template Guidance also indicates the Scottish Government requirements for Local Place Plans, plus the things that the Council asks for to aid the Local Place Plan validation process.

Things asked for by the Council

We ask for the following things to aid the Local Place Plan validation process:

Local Place Plan area map

  • the boundary showing the Local Place Plan area must be drawn as a solid line (neither fuzzy nor dashed) so that we can accurately plot it onto our Local Place Plan map register.

Hyperlinks included in your Local Place Plan submission

  • hyperlinks included in your Local Place Plan submission should also be provided as a full URL, either in-text or in a footnote, or as an endnote in your Local Place Plan submission documents

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

Guidance and tools to help communities prepare Local Place Plans