THE LOCAL PLACE PLAN: finding space for your aspirations

Close your eyes and imagine: what do you want your village, and your community, to be like in the future? What changes would you like to see?

Those are difficult questions, but as a community we’ll be answering them by preparing what’s called a Local Place Plan.

The Community Action Plan completed at the end of 2021 is a great starting point. Over a third of the local community put forward ideas, which formed the foundation of a plan that reflects our priorities as a community: things like better playparks, more affordable homes for those who need them, better footpaths and safer cycling, community hubs in each village, better community transport, a year-round ranger squad for visitor management, and much more. You can see all the priorities at a glance here.

Lots of folk across various local organisations have been working away to make these priorities happen. The Community Action Plan is like an agenda for the future, channelling funding to the community’s priorities.

But there is unfinished business. The Community Action Plan doesn’t say how playparks should be better or where new ones are needed. It doesn’t say where those affordable homes are most needed. It doesn’t say which footpaths and cycle routes should be improved. And so on. 

So, in the second half of November we’ll be running village drop-in events to find out what you think about all those things, and more.

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Drop in for a cuppa and a chat, to tell us what you’d like your place to be like in the future.  We need your experience and suggestions in order to produce a draft Local Place Plan in December, which we’ll check with you to make sure it’s right.

Is it worth your time? Definitely - because your answers, and the Local Place Plan that will be based on them, will have real influence over the future of your community.  Local Place Plans are a new feature of Scottish planning legislation that influences Council planning policy and public services (more information on this government website:

Want to find out more?  Excited? Confused?  Get in touch with Nick Wright on 07900 334110 or  He’d love to hear from you!

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