Community Led Planning
Community Led Planning (CLP) is a step-by-step process that can empower your community to take action and make your local area a better place. CLP can be used by your community to address a range of different social, economic, environmental and cultural issues. You could produce a plan to achieve anything from organising regular litter picks, buying a defibrillator for a community building, setting up a homework club, through to addressing housing development.
CLP offers a structured process for your community to research and identify the most important local issues and use this evidence to develop a detailed plan of action for bringing about specific improvements. It helps people to come together, develop a shared understanding and agree on a range of actions that can be delivered for the benefit of everyone locally. CLP is also the perfect way to prepare your community to take advantage of the ‘rights’ introduced in 2012 by the government, including Community Right to Buy and Neighbourhood Planning.
If you choose to develop a Community Led Plan for your area, you will be following in the footsteps of over 4,000 other communities that have produced similar plans since the late 1970s. These plans have assumed different names over this period, including Village Appraisals, Parish Plans and Market Town Healthchecks but their defining principles and benefits have remained the same.
There are three core principles that define CLP and distinguish it from other methods of community engagement.
- Plans are owned, managed and led by your community: Your community sets its own agenda to bring about positive change and leads on the management and delivery of a plan, working closely with
- Everyone in your community should have an opportunity to get involved and have their say: To ensure that this happens, your community will need to attract interest in the plan’s production, recruit volunteers to get things done, use a mix of consultation methods to speak to everyone locally and come to collective decisions about what actions should be pursued.
- Actions are based on evidence and address a range of different issues important to your community
This website contains everything you need to carry out a community-led plan: