Community Planning

What is Community Planning?

Community planning is a way of working which means public bodies work together with communities to plan and provide better public services. Together these public bodies form a community planning partnership (CPP), in Aberdeen the CPP is called Community Planning Aberdeen. The partners involved in Community Planning Aberdeen are: 

  • Aberdeen City Council 
  • Aberdeen Civic Forum
  • Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Active Aberdeen Partnership
  • ACVO
  • NHS Grampian
  • North East Scotland College
  • Police Scotland
  • Robert Gordons University
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • The Scottish Government
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Our communities
  • University of Aberdeen


Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP)

The Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) 2015 requires that CPPs prepare and publish a Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP). Community Planning Aberdeen published the LOIP for Aberdeen city in August 2016. The Community Planning Aberdeen Board on 7 July 2021 approved a refreshed Local LOIP 2016-26.

Find out more on the Community Planning Aberdeen website:

You can read more about community planning at the Scottish Government website.


Participation Requests - Community Empowerment

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

Community Empowerment Act: participation request guidance

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

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

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