Local Place Plans

Local Place Plans introduction

Local Place Plans (LPPs) were introduced to increase community involvement in the planning and spatial design process. These plans let communities:

  • highlight issues
  • gather ideas
  • develop proposals for the development and use of land in the place where they live
  • express aspirations for the future of a place, with a focus on their needs

LPPs offer the opportunity for a community led, but collaborative, approach to local place-making, setting out proposals for the development and use of land. The aim of the provisions is to significantly enhance engagement in development planning, empowering communities to play a proactive role in defining the future of their places.

A LPP can be promoted and developed by:

LPPs can be specific to a single issue, place or building or cover a range of issues across a wider geographic area.

Once registered, LPPs will be taken into account in the preparation of the Local Development Plan (LDP) 2028. While LPPs can be produced at any time, their integration with the Local Development Plan will be greatly facilitated if they are prepared and consulted upon for submission in late 2024.

We are inviting community groups to create their own community-led LPPs, which set out their proposals for development or the use of land in their area.

We created a short video explaining the important role of Local Place Plans in Aberdeenshire communities.

Local Place Plans quick guide

View the LPP quick guide for a brief outline of what a LPP must contain, and process of submitting and registration.

Preparing a Local Place Plan

Find out how to prepare a LPP, including examples.

Register of Local Place Plans

No Local Place Plans have been registered with the council. If you want to register a Local Place Plan please contact us.


If you would like to contact us about local place planning, please email