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Local Place Plans arrive in the Highlands

By Nick Wright on September 24, 2023
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Highland Council has registered their first Local Place Plan.

Stratherrick and Foyers, south of Loch Ness, are the first out of the blocks. It means that the community now has a plan that sets out what it wants to happen on the ground. Rather than a plan done by government to the community, this is the community's own plan of what it will do itself (they are lucky to have access to windfarm money) - and what it would like local and national government to do.

The Community Council will use the Local Place Plan to respond to planning applications, strengthen their position in discussions on behalf of the community, and feed into the local authority's next Local Development Plan.

The Community Trust will use the plan to support community action and bids for funding to realise the ambitions set out in the Community Action Plan and the Local Place Plan - including safer walking and cycling, new homes that are affordable, better playparks and paths, reopening Lower Foyers Bridge, and much more besides. Everything in the plan is based on community suggestions.

And local residents and businesses will benefit by seeing investment, community activity and public services that are targeted to their aspirations.
See the new Local Place Plan here.

It's not the only way of doing a Local Place Plan, but it worked for Stratherrick and Foyers.

It's been a pleasure getting to know the community over the last couple of years to get to this point, with help from the Highland Council, Scottish Community Development Centre, icecream architecture and Willie Miller Urban Design. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.