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The Big Place Conversation

Supporting the next Perth & Kinross Local Development Plan

The Big Place Conversation - What & why?

The Big Place Conversation begins in 2023. This is a conversation between the Council and the communities of the Perth & Kinross area to find out how you use your town, village or neighbourhood, and what is important to you. The primary purpose of the engagement is to help shape the future land use and development of the Perth & Kinross area from 2027 to 2037 through the next Local Development Plan.

Your knowledge, thoughts and ideas are important as the people who live and work in a place are the best judge of what is good and what could be better. This information will help to guide decisions about the future in terms of how land is used and what development and facilities/infrastructure will be required.

The Big Place Conversation will mainly use the Place Standard tool which consists of 14 questions covering a wide range of subject areas about a place and is designed to stimulate conversation. The output is a score, comments on what is good or bad about a place and suggested improvements. It has been used by the Council in a broad range of engagements and by communities developing Community Action Plans.

The broad ranging nature of the Place Standard tool means that information will also be used to inform other Council initiatives such as the Mobility Strategy, which will set out Perth & Kinross Council's vision for managing and developing the transport network across all modes of transport. Community groups that are looking to take forward Community Action Plans or Local Place Plans can also use the Place Standard results as an evidence base.

As well as using the Place Standard there will be other more specific engagement activity to help shape the future of your place. This includes consultations around transport and nature networks.

The Big Place Conversation - How?

Working with community organisations, stakeholders and Council services, there will be lots of ways to have your say. We will also take into account recent or ongoing consultations, such as the Perth People Place project on active travel in Perth, or where communities have a Community Action Plan or are working on one.

To tell us what you would like the future of your place to look like, you can fill out the following survey yourself or get together with some friends, colleagues, clubmates or fellow members of your community: 

Online Place Conversation survey

Or join in the conversation with others in your place at a public event through:

  • In person Place conversations
  • Virtual Place conversations

We will also hold conversations with groups that have specific needs or interests such as young people, disabled people or climate cafes, and aim to engage across a wide range of stakeholders. This includes supporting groups or community bodies who want to carry out their own place conversation. If you represent a community group or group with a special interest, please get in touch via LDPConsultation@pkc.gov.uk to find out how:

  • A staff member can help you hold a short Place Conversation with your group
  • You can carry out your own Place Conversation

The Big Place Conversation - Where & when?

The indicative timeframe for engagement is set out below:

LocalityIndicative Timeline - 2023
Perth CityJanuary - March
Eastern PerthshireMarch - May
Strathearn & StrathallanApril - June
Kinross-shire, Almond & EarnMay - July 
Highland & StrathtayJuly - August

Further information on the programme of engagement activity is available on our Big Place Conversation Events page.

The Big Place Conversation - how does it link with the next Local Development Plan?

As noted above, the Big Place Conversation is part of the first phase of engagement of the next Local Development Plan (LDP3) and will help shape future land use and development of the Perth & Kinross area for the longer term.

Detailed information on how stakeholders can get involved in the preparation of the next LDP (LDP3) is available through our Development Plan Scheme (2022) (PDF) [3MB]

The Big Place Conversation - want to keep in touch?

Please email the team at LDPConsultation@pkc.gov.uk if you would like to find out more or be kept updated as the Big Place Conversation progresses. If you decide at any time you don't want to receive email updates, please email with "unsubscribe" in the subject header. Your email address will not be shared more widely either within the Council or externally, unless we are required to do so by law. You can also get in touch through the Council's Customer Services Centre (T: 01738 475000).

Last modified on 14 December 2022

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