Locality Planning is a term used to describe community planning partners working within a geographical area to plan for and deliver improved outcomes. This involves the development of a plan which seeks to make things better for the community. Community Planning Aberdeen believes working with local communities to develop and deliver these plans offers the best chance of success.
For the purpose of locality planning, we have split the City of Aberdeen into three localities: North, South and Central. These localities are made up of Aberdeen’s 37 Neighbourhoods.
5.Balgownie & Donmouth
2.Cults, Bieldside, Milltimber & Countesswells
4.Braeside, Mannofield, Broomhill & Seafield
7.Kincorth, Leggart & Nigg
9.Froghall, Powis & Sunnybank
We consider some of these neighbourhoods to be ‘priority neighbourhoods’. This is based on analysis from the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). These neighbourhoods need additional support to benefit from the same opportunities to thrive and succeed as other neighbourhoods within Aberdeen. Our priority neighbourhoods include:
For each Locality we will develop a plan in partnership with communities to improve outcomes for the area. The locality plans will drill down from high level partner strategies (i.e. Council, Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS, Police Scotland, SFRS and North East Scotland College) to tackle the issues which are of most importance to local communities. It is by doing this that we will ensure no community is left behind in realising our vision of Aberdeen as a place where all people can prosper.
We are aiming to have a Locality Plan in place by Summer 2021. But we are not starting from scratch. We already have plans in place for the priority neighbourhoods identified in 2017. We will continue to progress and monitor these plans until we have our new plans in place which include cross cutting actions for all neighbourhoods and actions targeted at our priority neighbourhoods. The plans will also include actions which have been identified to support specific neighbourhoods or communities of interest where there is a demonstrable need for this. For example communities vulnerable to flooding, communities which need support with a big idea and community members that need a bit more help to flourish.
We have established three Locality Empowerment Groups to help us build connections with the communities we will be working with to plan and deliver improved outcomes for the locality. The Locality Empowerment Groups are open to any community member or representative of a community group/ network living in the area that has an interest in working collectively to improve outcomes for the Locality. You can find out more about the Locality Empowerment Groups here.
In addition to the three Locality Empowerment Groups, we will continue to support the Priority Neighbourhood Partnerships formed in 2017. The Locality Empowerment Groups will take an overview of broad issues across the locality area and priority neighbourhood partnerships will focus on the local area that they cover. It is intended that the groups will be mutually supportive, with the LEGs being able to get involved in a number of cross cutting issues for the area and PNPs taking a lead on tackling the issues unique to their neighbourhood.