This chapter concerns the micro dimension of spatial planning and in particular local – community – involvement in the decision making processes affecting their economic, physical and social environment. It traces some of the fundamental fault lines, or turf wars, that arise when initiatives straddle this often blurred boundary that is where a strategy involves both public bodies and community groups in local partnerships. The chapter explores some of the key problems with local involvement in spatial planning, using the case study of Merseyside’s European Union-sponsored community economic development (CED) strategy. Knowsley has four Pathways areas in Halewood, Huyton, Kirkby and Lickers Lane. The Knowsley experience provides some instructive policy implications for local involvement in spatial planning, and CED particularly. Knowsley highlights how a lack of trust and cynicism towards the process can undermine community involvement in CED. The Knowsley case highlights the problems that can occur from information gaps and knowledge barriers for local people.