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About the Community Planning Partnership

West Lothian Community Planning Partnership was established in 1999 and now includes 21 partner organisations


West Lothian Council, NHS Lothian, Scottish Enterprise, West Lothian IJB, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian, West Lothian College, Scotland's Rural College, West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, Scottish Water, JobCentreplus, West Lothian Leisure, West Lothian Joint Forum of Community Councils, Skills Development Scotland ,SEStran, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Sports Council and Visit Scotland.

West Lothian Community Planning Partnership is a mature, strategic alliance which has demonstrated a strong sense of understanding of the priorities for West Lothian within our Local Outcomes Improvement Plan 2013-2023.

Participation Requests - Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act

Participation requests are one part of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.

They allow community bodies to ask the Council, or other public authorities, to be involved in decisions and put forward their ideas for how services could be changed to improve outcomes for their community. 

Information has been developed on the West Lothian Participation Request process.. To find out more about participation requests please contact

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan (LOIP)

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 requires CPPs to prepare and publish a local outcomes improvement plan (LOIP), setting out the local outcomes the CPP will prioritise.  The CPP Board agreed that what was the Single Outcome Agreement met the requirements outlined in the Act and, as such, agreed to adopt this as its Local Outcomes Improvement Plan.  A few minor changes have been made and you can view the updated  Local Outcomes Improvement Plan [4MB]  here.

Locality Plans

CPPs are also required to prepare and publish locality plans, focusing on areas experiencing poorer outcomes.

The localities we are covering in West Lothian are based on those in the bottom 20% SIMD. The specific areas are:

  • Armadale
  • Bathgate
  • Blackburn
  • Bridgend
  • Craigshill
  • Fauldhouse Breich Valley (Fauldhouse, Stoneyburn, Addiewell, Polbeth)
  • Livingston Central (Knightsridge, Ladywell, Dedridge)
  • Whitburn

The CPP is working through a robust process and is making good progress towards having plans drafted in these areas. We have established steering groups in each target area, are mapping assets and gathering statistical data, and are carrying out widespread community engagement in each area to help inform the plans

West Lothian Community Planning Partnership Board

The Community Planning Partnership Board consists of senior representatives of all partner agencies. It meets four times a year, is chaired by the Deputy Leader of the Council and provides the strategic leadership for the Partnership. If you would like any further details about the content of the minutes, please contact the Community Planning Team.

Community Planning Steering Group

The Community Planning Steering Group consists of senior representatives from 5 partner agencies.  It meets four times a year, 2 weeks prior to the Community Planning Board, and is chaired by the Councils Chief Executive. The Steering Group progresses work on behalf of the CP Board and oversees performance management in relation to the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan.  

The Partnership's Terms of Reference gives more details about the Partnership itself and the roles and responsibilities of the groups within the Community Planning Strategic Structure [55KB] .

Community Planning Development

We have agreed that the focus of our CPP development for the foreseeable future will be on developing the partnership's capacity to deliver the outcomes set out in the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan. A Community Planning Partnership Development Plan has been developed which details a range of development activities.