Community Planning

Community Planning in Fife

What is community planning?

Community Planning is a process by which all the public services within a local authority area are planned and provided: health, social care, schools, colleges, police, fire, roads, transport, waste collection and more.

Community Planning aims to ensure that organisations work together, not apart, in providing and improving public services. Community Planning also ensures that people and communities are engaged in decisions made on public services which affect them.

Here in Fife, Community Planning began in 1999 when Fife Partnership first came together and produced Fife’s first Community Plan (2000 – 2010) which set out long term ambitions for the Kingdom.

Fife Partnership has a Board and an Executive Group as well as a range of partnerships and groups which are from the public, voluntary and private sectors in Fife. The Partnerships groups work together to channel their resources in order to strengthen Fife’s future and make this a great place to live, work, visit and invest.

Fife Partnership is now well established in Fife and partners are now working towards the outcomes identified in the most recent community plan: Fife's Community Plan 2011 - 2020.

Fife’s Community Plan 2011 – 2020 sets out three high level outcomes each with a number of long term outcomes towards which the partnership groups will work, alongside other key groups.

  • Reducing inequalities
  • Increasing employment
  • Tackling climate change

Fife's Strategic Assessment

Fife’s Strategic Assessment provides the evidence base for identifying priorities across Fife and those facing the seven committee areas within Fife. These priorities help to inform future work plans and provide a solid foundation for any future refresh of the Fife Community Plan and associated documents. It allows local areas to make informed decisions in setting priorities that require medium to long-term action and will form the basis of developing Local Community Plans in a consistent format across the seven committee areas. Please click this link to view the most recent strategic assessment for Fife (December 2016) along with other recent Fife Council Research Reports.

Strategic Environmental Assessment on Fife’s Community Plan

As required by the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report (available from the publications section on this page) was prepared to ensure that environmental considerations were fully incorporated into Fife’s Community Plan.

The SEA Environmental Report was available for public consultation for a six week period from 25 March - 6 May 2011. A Post Adoption SEA Statement (available from the publications section on this page) was then produced in response to the consultation and was approved by Fife Partnership on 1 November 2011.

Fife Environmental Partnership will provide a leadership and co-ordinate reporting on progress against the SEA actions.

For further information on the SEA contact


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