How NPs Work

Neighbourhood Partnerships (NPs) are Edinburgh's approach to delivering local community planning.

There are 12 NPs in Edinburgh, and they work to improve the quality of life in the area.

Each Neighbourhood Partnership is made up of a core membership including local Councillors and representatives from the Police, Health the voluntary sector and the local community. Some Neighbourhood Partnerships have additional members from local organisations, such as universities or colleges which can play a key role in the area.

The activities, membership and structures of Neighbourhood Partnerships are guided by the issues that are important in the area.

How do they work?

  • They bring decision making closer to the community
  • They provide opportunities for communities to express their views
  • They set out the priorities to improve quality of life in the communities
  • They gather local evidence and information to help them develop a local community plan
  • They make sure the local community plan is delivered

Neighbourhood Partnerships each meet in public up to five times a year, and anyone can attend these meetings.

As well as meeting in public, each Neighbourhood Partnership develops sub groups to address local priority themes, such as housing and the built environment or health and well being. Subgroups vary between Neighbourhood Partnerships.

What kinds of decisions can Neighbourhood Partnerships make?

As the local community planning mechanisms in Edinburgh, NPs can do the following:

  • They can make recommendations to the Council and other partner organisations about the way services may be delivered in the local area
  • They can comment on strategic decisions that affect the local area
  • They can award small grants to community groups for local projects that can make a difference in the local area