The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 provides more opportunities for communities to be involved in planning.
On 9 March 2007 the Executive launched Planning Advice Note 81: Community Engagement Planning with People containing advice and information on the new inclusion measures in the act. It explains when people can become involved, gives advice on the engagement principles and techniques that should help ensure effective engagement in the planning system and provides information on the support, training and advice available to the public.
For example in the current year the Executive has provided approximately £253,300 of core and project funding to enable Planning Aid for Scotland to provide advice and training to communities on planning matters, and on a project to develop engagement techniques with minority ethnic groups. In addition funding of £20,000 from the Planning Development Programme is being used to develop projects on mentoring for communities and training for community councils prior to local plan inquires.