Community Planning in Midlothian

Our Community Planning Partnership

Community Planning is a way of working together to best use all of the available resources to improve people’s lives and is governed by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. Key organisations, both statutory and third sector, work together with communities to plan services that will deliver better outcomes for people. A Community Planning Partnership (CPP) is the name given to all those services that come together.

In Midlothian our  Community Planning Partnership’s aim is to make sure people are involved in the decisions made on public services that affect them and have a commitment from organisations to work together to provide better public services.

Our Community Planning Partnership Vision

By working together as a community planning partnership, individuals and communities will be able to lead healthier, safer, greener and successful lives by 2030. No child or household need live in poverty.  Midlothian will be a Great Green Place to Grow by achieving our net zero carbon ambitions.

Our Community Planning Partnership Structure 

Community Planning Board

The Community Planning Partnership is led by the Community Planning Board and some of the key organisations making up the board include:

  • Police Scotland
  • Edinburgh College
  • NHS Lothian
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Federation of Small Businesses
  • Department for Work & Pensions
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Sestran
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Midlothian Voluntary Action
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  • representatives of Community Planning Working Group, Chief Officers’ Group, Priority Areas Group, Research and Information Group and Faith Communities Partnership.

Community Planning Working Group

The Community Planning Working Group reports to the board:

  • Armed Forces Community Covenant
  • Faith Community Partnership
  • Poverty Prevention Group
  • Neighbourhood Planning
  • Priority Areas group

Supported by :

Health & Social Care Partnership

  • MELDAP (Midlothian and East Lothian Drug and Alcohol Partnership)
  • Older People
  • Mental Health
  • Learning Disability
  • Physical Disability
  • Carers
  • Palliative Care

Community Safety & Justice

  • Community Safety Delivery
  • Community Justice
  • Tactical & Coordination
  • Anti-Social Behaviour and Offending
  • Road Safety
  • Youth Justice
  • Violence against women
  • Public Protection Committee
  • Offender Management

Getting it Right for Every Child

  • Additional Support Needs
  • Early Years & Childcare
  • Vulnerable Children & Young People
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing
  • Public Protection Committee
  • Parenting & Family Support Group
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Youth & Children

Improving Opportunities

  • Child Poverty
  • Employability & Learning
  • Midlothian Financial Inclusion Network
  • Developing Midlothian's Young Workforce
  • Youth Partners
  • Health Improvement Partnership
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Social Enterprise Action
  • Midlothian Federation of Community Councils

Sustainable Growth (climate emergency, economic development and housing)

  • Economy
  • Biodiversity
  • Tourism
  • Penicuik TSI
  • Access Forum
  • Housing Strategy & Homeless Review
  • Housing Associations
  • Fair Trade
  • Green Network
  • Small and Large businesses
  • Edinburgh Science Zone
  • Easter Bush
  • Borders Railway
  • Edinburgh and South East City Region Deal
  • National Planning Framework No. 4
  • Midlothian Community Planning Climate Emergency Group

Strategic documents


Citizens' Panel

Want to share your opinion on local public services?

We’re looking for people from all walks of life to join the Midlothian Citizens’ Panel. Find out more and fill in our short online questionnaire by 31 August 2022.

Midlothian Community Planning Partnership Conference


The Midlothian Community Planning Partnership Conference 2022 took place on Tuesday 8 November 2022 at Newbattle Abbey College. The conference focused on the theme of Working Towards a Thriving and Greener Future.


The Midlothian Community Planning Partnership Conference was held online on 23 and 24 November 2021. The conference focused on the theme of People, Place and Wellbeing

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