Whilst the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 placed greater emphasis and a legal obligation on statutory bodies to engage with local communities, it did not make it any easier. Community groups are now faced with a complex range of opportunities to influence and contribute to everything from Place Plans to proposals for housing developments. How equipped are you to get your voice heard?
We asked you about your involvement in “planning” and found out what areas of personal development you thought would be useful. We used your feedback to develop this two day programme. It is suitable for anyone hoping to undertake developments locally (e.g. community asset transfers or ‘right to buy’) or for those who simply want to ensure their community has a greater say in the design, delivery and location of services and the use of land. If you are a member of a community council or development trust, this programme is for you.
The programme recognises the increased emphasis from statutory bodies on “place-based planning” and the important role community organisations can play in the often complex planning landscape of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Participants will learn from examples of communities engaging in planning, including the National Park Authority perspective, and be able to reflect on the resulting opportunities and challenges in their own areas. Among other skills, the programme supports learning around building relationships, lobbying, negotiating and community representation –all areas for development which were identified through our initial community needs survey.
Who is it for?
This programme is suitable for attendees from those communities hoping to undertake developments locally (eg. Community asset transfers or ‘right to buy’) or for those who simply want to ensure their community has a greater say in the design, delivery and location of services.