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Proposal 1: Aligning community planning and spatial planning
February 23, 2017
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1.5    The independent panel found strong support for a plan-led system. We want to see plans that allow planners to lead and innovate, delivering priorities that have been agreed through an open  and evidence-led process.

1.6    Given the range of interests involved in planning, there should be an open and inclusive approach to understanding issues, considering options, defining priorities and agreeing proposals. People are at the heart of the system and our proposals seek to build more effective opportunities for people to influence their places. A much wider range of stakeholders, including all relevant local authority services, communities and developers, should share ownership and responsibility for preparing, promoting and delivering development plans. One of the keys to this is making sure that local authorities recognise the value of the development plan in realising their corporate objectives.

1.7    We propose introducing a statutory link between the development plan and community planning. This link could be achieved by ensuring  that development plans take account of the  work of Community Planning Partnerships.  We will also support this as we bring forward guidance on both community planning and spatial planning. Co-ordinated working and including planners as key community planning partners  will be essential.

Aligning Community Planning and Spatial Planning – East Ayrshire 

The East Ayrshire Community Plan 2015-2030 sets out aspirational outcomes for East Ayrshire  in the coming years. There are three shared priority areas, led by different community planning partners: Economy and Skills (East Ayrshire Council); Safer Communities (Police Scotland); and Wellbeing (the Health and Social Care Partnership). The East Ayrshire local development plan reaffirms the shared vision – in particular, the drive to promote the economy and skills is fully embedded across all aspects of the plan. The plan was used to explore land use issues including strategic locations for development, infrastructure and town centres. Key to the success of this alignment were partnership working, a shared focus on outcomes, governance and dynamic leadership

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