What is Community Planning

Community Planning is a process which helps public agencies to work together with the community to plan and deliver better services which make a real difference to people’s lives.

The aims of Community Planning in Scotland are:

  • Making sure people and communities are genuinely engaged in the decisions made on public services which affect them; allied to
  • A commitment from organisations to work together, not apart, in providing better public services.

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act

The statutory framework for Community Planning is set out in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.  The Bill was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 17 June 2015 and received Royal Assent, becoming an Act, on 24 July 2015.

Under the 2015 Act, community planning is about how public bodies work together and with the local community to plan for, resource and provide or secure the provision of services which improve local outcomes in a local authority area, with a view to reducing inequalities. 


Community Planning is delivered by local Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs).  There are 32 CPPs, one for each local authority area.  Responsibilities for facilitating Community Planning and ensure that the CPP functions effectively and efficiently are now shared by a number of CP partners; namely:-

  • NHS
  • Police Scotland
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • Scottish Enterprise

The Act expands the number of public sector bodies that are subject to the duties in relation to Community Planning.  These include:-

  • The Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board
  • Regional Colleges
  • The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • The Scottish Sports Council
  • The Skills Development Scotland Co. Limited
  • VisitScotland
  • Historic Environmental Scotland

South Lanarkshire Community Planning Partnership Board

The South Lanarkshire Partnership Board (Board) is the Community Planning Partnership for South Lanarkshire.  The Board provides strategic leadership and oversees partnership activity to support the delivery of its agreed vision and outcomes.

Their vision is to improve the lives and prospects of everyone in South Lanarkshire making sure our communities are at the heart of Community Planning in South Lanarkshire. More information about the actions that the Partnership will take to mitigate the current impact of poverty, deprivation and inequality can be found within the Community Plan 2022-2032.

As of October 2017, Partnership Board papers are available for viewing.

The remit of the Board is to provide collective strategic leadership, direction, governance and oversight of partnership activity with local communities.  Planning, resourcing or sourcing services which improve local outcomes in South Lanarkshire, with a view to reducing inequalities. 

The Board meets six times a year (four board meetings/two development sessions).  Details of the current CPP partners can be found here.

Further details of the current members of the South Lanarkshire Community Planning Partnership can also be viewed here.

Thematic Partnerships

The South Lanarkshire Community Planning Partnership Board has also set up the undernoted Thematic Partnerships to improve the quality of life of South Lanarkshire residents.  You can access further information on the work of each partnership by clicking on the links below:

The Thematic Partnerships are:

Further information on Community Planning is available through the Scottish Government website.

You can also view our short Community Planning Partnership animation on our youtube channel for more details: The Community Planning Partnership in South Lanarkshire and what it could mean to you (youtube.com)