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Community Action Planning

Nobody knows a community and its needs or opportunities better than those who live and work there. The National Park Authority works with a number of partners to provide communities with the support they need to achieve more for themselves and Community Action Planning is a key part of this process.

Community Action Planning is a process through which communities have the opportunity to identify their own priorities and tackle the issues which are important to them. Since 2008, 18 communities in the National Park have produced a Community Action Plan. These are reviewed on a 5 yearly basis with the support of the local Community Development Organisation.

As community confidence has grown, significant projects have emerged from the Community Action Planning process including; new and refurbished halls, village square improvements, broadband initiatives, conservation projects, active health initiatives, community websites and other asset transfers that communities have taken ownership of.

Image showing Community Action Planning event in Strathdon
Community Action Planning in Strathdon


A working group representing the wider community is formed to lead the Community Action Planning process. Members may include the Community Council, Community Company, Church, primary school as well as other significant groups and individuals in that community.

Significant local consultation is undertaken with the purpose of seeking the views of as many members of the community as possible. The exact process is tailored to suit each community, but it typically involve questionnaires, meetings, focus groups and other means of giving people the chance to contribute.

Responses are collated and discussed at open forums where a consensus is reached on agreed priorities for future action. Many communities then form their own work groups drawing on the skills and knowledge within each community to follow up and take action on their agreed and identified priorities.

The Community Action Planning Toolkit (the link to this page has been disabled whilst the page is updated)

Current Community Action Plans

Advie & Cromdale
Ballater & Crathie
Blair Atholl
Dulnain Bridge
Glenshee & Mount Blair
Nethy Bridge

Note: where there is no active link to a community in the list above it indicates that the Community Action Plan is scheduled for updating. Please visit Voluntary Action Badenoch & Strathspey to view individual community pages and plans.