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:
Community First Oxfordshire has been supporting community plans for many years. Our experienced team has worked with over 100 communities. Our support ranges from galvanising active citizenship, motivating volunteers and helping communities to get started with a community plan to technical support with community engagement, surveys, plan writing and practical advice to implement community actions.
Contact us if you have any questions or would like our help. For communities in South Oxfordshire, Vale of White Horse and Cherwell districts we are able to offer a free service as our support is funded by your District Council. These communities can also access grant support from their District Councils which is administered by Community First Oxfordshire. For other communities we offer support on a consultancy basis that is tailored to meet your needs and keep costs down.
Click here to access South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council support for Community Led Plans.
Community First Oxfordshire can help with all aspects of a community led plan. If you would like to discuss a CLP in your community, please contact Tom McCulloch or Hilary Lombard.
What communities have said:
“I can’t say enough for what CFO did in terms of guiding us through our CLP.” South Stoke CLP group
“CFO gave every possible support with our CLP.” Binfield Heath CLP group
“CFO have been a great catalyst and support resource for our nascent CLP. The team is accessible, helpful and positive.” Fringford CLP group
“CFO staff have assisted volunteers and challenged our thinking and preparation for community events and consultation.” Vale CLP group
“The service has been invaluable and given our parish much confidence and a better sense of support and awareness of what we want to achieve and how to collectively work together to make progress.” South Oxfordshire CLP group
“We have benefited greatly from the experience and expertise in community and project development.” Vale CLP group
Community planning needs to be supported by evidence which can be obtained through neighbourhood surveys and local knowledge but is also strongly supported by the small area statistics that are available from the census and other sources.
The Association of Councils for Rural England has put together data profiles for every parish which package the available statistics (as at Nov 2013) for easy use in community plans. The census data in these profiles, in particular, is still the best available data for small areas such as parishes.
Oxfordshire communities can download their data profiles here:
Cherwell District parishes
South Oxfordshire parishes
Vale of White Horse District parishes
West Oxfordshire parishes
Oxford City data profiles