North Berwick
Local Place Plan


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A community-led plan for the future of the town, designed by everyone in our community, to be completed by May 2024.

Discussion Session themes:
There will be a big-picture focus for the whole town and wider community council area over a 5 to 10-year period, and an emphasis on developing creative ideas for improvements. The conversation will be facilitated in small groups.

  • Saturday 2nd March Session 1 (Community Centre) – Climate and Nature
  • Saturday 2nd March Session 2 (Community Centre) – Connectivity
  • Monday 4th March Session 3 (Abbey Church) – Public Spaces, Parks and Streets
  • Thursday 7th March Session 4 (Online) – Housing and Facilities

Click on the Booking link for more information about each session.



What is a Local Place Plan (LPP)?

A LPP is community-led plan for the future of our place.
The plan is important – it will establish a spatial vision for our area for the next five years. The plan will have ideas for land use, buildings and development and feed into the councils next Local Development Plan (LDP). It is a new way for communities to influence development in their area.
It will also capture all the other ideas for change like forming new societies or thinking about fuel poverty, forming the basis of a Community Action Plan. For more info about Local Place Plans, read the free Planning Aid Scotland guide here. 

How can I get involved?
  • Fill out the online survey before February 11th 2024.
  • Sign up to our regular enewsletter to get dates for our gatherings.
  • Follow updates on our Facebook page
  • Download and share out leaflet and survey to people you know.
  • Download and print a poster to put in your workplace, chop or community venue.
  • Come to our face-to-face gatherings (upcoming).
  • If you’d like to chat with us directly you can get in touch.
Who is writing the Plan?

North Berwick Community Council, North Berwick Trust, North Berwick Environment & Heritage Trust and North Berwick Harbour Trust have formed a steering group to develop the plan. They will ask everyone in the community to give their views and ideas.

The steering group have help from Planning Aid Scotland (PAS) who have done similar work in communities across Scotland.

PAS are neutral and bring experience from elsewhere. They will help us to make new connections locally and form new relationships with East Lothian Council and other organisations. You can see the PAS work on their website.

What will be in the Plan?

Anything that you think will improve North Berwick as a place to live, work and visit. We need you to tell us what. Over the next few months, we’ll be asking local folk for their ideas about how to make our town an even better place. And we’ll be working with you to develop it into a Plan to make it happen.

The final Plan might include:

  • How you want North Berwick to be in 5 years’ time.
  • Continuing existing activities, starting new ones, or developing local facilities.
  • What we need for businesses to thrive in North Berwick.
  • Suggested projects to help North Berwick become more sustainable.
Why should I get involved?

This is a chance to shape the future of North Berwick for ourselves, our friends and family.

Will my idea be in the Plan?

That’s the aim! There will be many different ideas and we will look to identify together those that will have significant impact and be beneficial.

We’d like to get input from as many people as possible. We’ll encourage discussion by organising public events in 2024 where everyone can join.
This will form the basis of the plan.

When will the Plan be complete?

We are aiming to have the plan completed by May 2024, to comply with the deadline set for Local Place Plan submission by East Lothian Council.

How can I get in touch with the Steering Group?

If youd like to get in touch with the Steering Group, please email us.

Latest News:


Themes for each of the four workshops are now available: see above


Bookings now open for our gathered Discussion Sessions.


  • Our Community Survey is now closed and we have locked the option to comment. However, you can still review what has been submitted by clicking here.
  • We will be working to gather contributions from young people at the High School on Wednesday 28th February. 


The slow loading times with PlaceCheck have now been fixed. We apologise for any frustration caused. 


We are aware that some shared-access accomodation and other areas may have not recieved leaflets from our distributors, for which we apologise.  We are working hard to locate areas affected.

The NBLPP Steering Group are: Don Nicholass-McKee, Kenny Miller, Jacq Cottrell (NBCC); Cath Coombs & Libby Morris (NBT); Kirsty Towler & Ruth Wolstenholme (NBE&HT);
Jane McMinn (NBHT); and Lauren Cowie (North Berwick Youth Project)

Any questions? We’d love to hear from you!
Contact PAS:

Image credits: Lewis J Houghton and Derek Baird