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Community led planning

​Community led planning (also known as parish planning) is a consultation process which creates a vision for local communities and a subsequent action plan.

Creating a community led plan

Community led plans can bring the community together and create a greater sense of community spirit. They provide a plan for the future of the community based on clear evidence of the needs and priorities of your community to help inform how the council, other statutory agencies and community groups deliver their services and activities locally.

The plans encourage partnership working by highlighting projects that need help from local people as well as external agencies and open up funding streams for projects (many grants are only available if evidenced by a community led plan).

The process involves using a mix of evidence collection and various types of consultation and debate at a very local neighbourhood level. At the heart of this is usually a locally relevant questionnaire which goes to every household in the community.

Response rates are usually very high because of the way the questionnaire is promoted, distributed and collected. In some areas response rates have reached around 80% of households in a community complete and return the questionnaires. The resulting vision covers the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of the community and all those who live and work in it. An action plan is also prepared with the relevant partners to identify solutions to local issues which will help realise the shared vision.

Support to create a community led plan

We are supportive of community led plans and are keen to assist town and parish councils to achieve the aspirations of the communities they represent. We do this by appointing the West of England Rural Network to provide direct support to communities wishing to undertake a community led plan.  A guidance booklet has been produced with information and advice on how to carry out the process. For further advice and support please contact

Community led plans in South Gloucestershire

Town or parish council areas with completed community led plans:

Town or parish council areas in the process of creating a community led plan:

  • Hanham
  • Hanham Abbotts
  • Marshfield
  • Siston
  • Siston Hill (Development)
  • Sodbury
  • Westerleigh.

If a plan has been completed but is not available online please contact for a paper copy.

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