Community Planning


In Scotland the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 places duties on local authorities to initiate, facilitate and maintain Community Planning. Local authorities have a duty to develop a comprehensive Community Plan along with relevant stakeholders (including Police, Enterprise Company, Health Boards and Fire Service) to promote or improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of their areas and contribute to the achievement of sustainable development in Scotland.


Within the site you can find information about Community Planning in Aberdeen and the Community Plan (a 10 year plan published in 2001).  You can also find minutes, strategies and action plans that support Community Planning and lots of useful links. As Community Planning grows and develops, so will the website. 

To access the website, please follow the link below:

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 introduces Participation Requests aiming to extend and improve community participation in improving outcomes for communities. The legislation enables communities to request to participate in decisions and processes which are aimed at improving outcomes. The Act states that a community participation body may make a request to a public service authority to permit the body to participate in an outcome improvement process.

The basic Participation Request Process is as follows:

  • A community participation body puts forward a participation request to a public service authority asking them to take part in a process with a view to improving the outcome set out by the community body.
  • The public service authority must agree to the request and set up an outcome improvement process unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal. If it refuses the request, it must explain the reasons.
  • How the outcome improvement process will work and how long it should take is discussed between the community participation body and the public service authority.
  • At the end of the process the public service authority must publish a report on summarising the process, whether the outcomes were improved and how the community body contributed to that improvement.

More information about Participation Requests is available through the following links:

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015





To make an informal enquiry or send a completed form please email or by post to:

Neil Carnegie
Communities and Housing Area Manager
Aberdeen City Council 
Business Hub 11, 2nd Floor West
Marischal College
Broad Street
AB10 1AB

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