Tomintoul and Glenlivet is a unique place within the Cairngorms National Park, with its own particular challenges and opportunities. The regeneration of Tomintoul and Glenlivet is a strategic priority for the CNPA and the National Park as a whole.
As a relatively isolated upland community, Tomintoul and Glenlivet has faced numerous challenges over the years. The closure of the two main hotels in Tomintoul from 2008 led to calls for additional investment and support for the area, to make sure that its unique character and natural and cultural assets were put to best use. This resulted in the development of a Regeneration Strategy and Action Plan in 2011, which brought together community groups and public bodies to identify the main issues and opportunities in Tomintoul & Glenlivet, and agree a way forward.
The delivery of the Regeneration Strategy and Action Plan is being taken forward by the “Transform Team” which is composed of:
One of the key priorities in the Regeneration Strategy was to establish a locally-based organisation to lead on a number of the agreed actions. This resulted in the establishment of the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust in 2012. The Development Trust seeks to “develop, inspire and embrace a vibrant future for the Tomintoul and Glenlivet area” and has delivered a series of successful initiatives and projects in the local area, taking advantage of the area’s built and natural assets to attract investment into the area and market the Tomintoul and Glenlivet area as a unique visitor attraction.
CNPA are leading on the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership, a substantial project, which has recently been awarded a grant of £2.34m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read more about the projects planned.
This will be matched with funding from key partners, resulting in an investment of around £3.5m in the area over a four year period from 2016/17. This is a Landscape Partnership which brings together a number of community and public sector bodies to work on a variety of projects that will deliver significant benefits to the social, cultural and natural landscape of Tomintoul and Glenlivet.
Following the successful award, the process for recruiting the necessary staff members will start in the Autumn of 2016 and the various projects will be underway as soon as possible thereafter.