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What is Locality Planning?

Locality planning was introduced in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, under Part 2: Community Planning. Locality planning has two main functions:

  1. to tackle inequalities
  2. to enable community bodies to participate in decision making at a neighbourhood level

The Glasgow Community Planning Partnership (GCPP) is required to carry out locality planning in all neighbourhoods that are deprived compared to the rest of the city. Currently, GCPP is carrying out this work in the 10 neighbourhoods covered by the Thriving Places programme.

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Each of these 10 neighbourhoods has a locality plan, which must set out outcomes for a 10-year period.

pdf icon Drumchapel Locality Plan [1Mb]
pdf icon Easterhouse Locality Plan [1Mb]
pdf icon Gorbals Locality Plan [1Mb]
pdf icon Govan Locality Plan [1Mb]
pdf icon Govanhill Locality Plan [2Mb]
pdf icon Lambhill Milton Locality Plan [1Mb]
pdf icon Parkhead Dalmarnock Camlachie Locality Plan [1Mb]
pdf icon Priesthill Househillwood Locality Plan [1Mb]
pdf icon Ruchill Possilpark Locality Plan [1Mb]
pdf icon Springboig Barlanark Locality Plan [1Mb]

GCPP need to provide feedback to communities on what progress is being made through locality planning. Updates for each of the 10 projects can be found on the relevant locality page on this website. An update on locality planning across the city as a whole can be seen below.

What is the Thriving Places Programme?

Thriving Places is about bringing people together to help improve the quality of life in the 10 neighbourhoods covered by the programme. The programme currently funds a Community Connector in each of the 10 neighbourhoods to bring local community groups, services and organisations together to address local priorities. Community Connectors are employed by an organisation that already works within the local area and has good links with local people.

The Community Connector is not the only person helping community development in these neighbourhoods. There are also community workers in Glasgow Life, Further Education Colleges and many Housing Associations, for example.

A steering group of local people from local community groups, organisations and services comes together as often as necessary to make sure that Thriving Places is on track to meeting the needs of local people as set out in the plans. This group helps the Community Connector to work with the right people at the right time using the right methods.

Progress 2018/2019

GCPP is required to show how outcomes have been improved within localities. Key information is presented below on how inequalities and participation in decision making have changed.

It is important to emphasise that locality planning is just one way to affect change in local areas. There are a number of factors which may impact upon neighbourhood change, most notably physical regeneration.

Tackling Inequalities

The table below shows the main indicators for locality planning in Glasgow. These indicators have been agreed by the Glasgow Community Planning Partnership. Column three shows the figure for the population currently covered by the Thriving Places programme, column 4 shows the current figure for the rest of Glasgow and column five shows the change from the previously collected figure for the localities.

Headline Indicator Performance for Locality Planning
IndicatorSourceLocalities Current Figure*Rest of Glasgow% Change from Previous Update
Proportion of TP Residents with Positive Perception of Mental or Emotional WellbeingNHS Adult Health and Wellbeing Survey80.4%**87.6%2%
Proportion of TP Residents Living in a 20% most Deprived Data zoneSIMD83.5%38.2%2%
Proportion of TP Working Age Residents who are Employment DeprivedSIMD24.8%14.2%-12.7%
Proportion of TP Residents who are Income DeprivedSIMD30.2%17.9%-2.1%

*NHS Adult Health and Wellbeing Survey data is from 2013 and 2017, SIMD data is from 2012 and 2016.
**It should be noted that the NHS Adult Health and Wellbeing Survey is currently carried out in 4 of the 10 localities. This figure therefore does not represent the whole population covered by the Thriving Places programme. Work is underway to ask housing associations to include a module of questions within Tenant Satisfaction Surveys that will provide data for other neighbourhoods. 

The positive proportion of mental or emotional wellbeing in the 4 localities surveyed in 2017 had increased by 2% since 2013. There was still an 8% deficit with the rest of Glasgow, although this deficit has reduced from 11% in 2014/15. This means that mental and emotional wellbeing the 4 localities is improving and inequalities with the rest of the city is lessening.

Between 2012 and 2016, the proportion of residents living in the worst 20% data zones increased by 2% across the 10 localities. The gap between the 10 localities and the rest of the city has also widened. A person living in one of the 10 localities is more than twice as likely to live in disadvantaged circumstances than if they lived elsewhere in the city. However, it should be noted that there are other significantly deprived neighbourhoods not covered by the Thriving Places programme.

The proportion of employment deprived people across the 10 localities has reduced from 28.4% in 2012 to 24.8% in 2016. However, the gap between the 10 localities and the rest of the city has widened, as there was a greater reduction in the level of employment deprived in the rest of the city. The proportion of employment deprived residents in localities was 74% above (67% in 2012) the proportion in the rest of the city. This means that the rest of the city is improving faster than the 10 localities.

Income deprivation across the 10 localities in 2016 reduced by 2% from 30.8% in 2012, although the gap between the 10 localities and the rest of the city widened. The proportion of income deprived residents in localities was 68% higher than the rest of the city, an increase from 61% in 2012.

This means there have been improvements the level of deprivation in the 10 localities, particularly employment deprivation, but overall inequalities between these areas and the rest of the city have widened. Mental and emotional wellbeing has improved within the 4 localities covered by the NHS Adult Health and Wellbeing Survey and the gap between these areas and the rest of the city has lessened.

Participation in Decision Making

The NHS Adult Health and Wellbeing Survey includes a question on participation in decision making. Data is available for the 4 localities covered. This is shown in the table below.

By working together, people in my neighbourhood can influence decisions that affect my neighbourhood
Ruchill and Possilpark63%73%
Parkhead, Dalmarnock and Camlachie69%65%

The city experienced a decrease in the perceived influence of local people on decision making at a neighbourhood level, but this appears to have increased in 3 of the 4 localities covered. This indicates that the Thriving Places programme is having a positive impact on community involvement, although in Parkhead, Dalmarnock and Camlachie, it appears that the perceived influence of local people in decision making at a neighbourhood level may have decreased.

There is a different look and feel to community involvement across the 10 localities currently covered by the Thriving Places programme.

A number of community groups are directly involved in decision making structures in Govan, Priesthill and Househillwood, Ruchill and Possilpark. In Drumchapel, communities are brought together to take action on specific issues that have been identified by local people. In the Gorbals, local people are regularly consulted on local priorities.

In Lambhill and Milton and Springboig and Barlanark, Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) is providing additional support with community involvement through the Supporting Communities programme. Work is underway in Govanhill to set up a number of forums that will enable local communities to engage in decision making.

In Parkhead, Dalmarnock and Camlachie, local people were recently consulted to identify local priorities. In Easterhouse, community participation has been identified as a priority and work is underway to support the active involvement of local people.

In 2018/2019, Glasgow City Council carried out a 10 month long review of locality planning in Glasgow. This review makes a number of recommendations to improve the co-ordination, funding and governance of the Thriving Places programme. The review also considers how to roll out locality planning to other neighbourhoods beyond the Thriving Places programme. The final report is available here: pdf icon Locality Planning Review Final Costed Report [2Mb]

How You Can Get Involved

If you live in a Thriving Place then you have a right to be involved and local services have a duty to improve the quality of life in the area. Thriving Places should always meet the National Standards for Community Engagement. Further information on the National Standards can be found at the Scottish Centre for Community Development (SCDC).

If you would like to know more or you would like to get involved in locality planning, then please contact Jonny Pickering at