Community Planning

Community planning is about how public bodies work together, and with local communities, to design and deliver better services that make a real difference to people's lives.

It drives public service reform by bringing together local public services with the communities they serve, and provides a focus for partnership working that targets specific local circumstances. Partners work together to improve local services and to ensure that they meet the needs of local people, especially those who need the services most.

The Community Planning Partnership (or CPP) is the name given to all those who 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 their plan in their council area.

Local public services such as councils, NHS boards, police and fire services, and other public bodies are partners in the CPP. These partners work together to improve the way that local services are planned, co-ordinated and carried out. When community planning works well, services meet the needs of people living locally; especially those people who need those services most and who can benefit most from them.

Additional Information:


Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, part 2, community planning: guidance


More about what the city of Edinburgh Council is doing: Edinburgh Partnership