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Community Action Planning

Communities and the people living in them are central to the success of the National Park. Nobody knows a community and its needs or opportunities better than those that live 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, with significant projects being delivered across the National Park such as new or refurbished halls, village squares, broadband initiatives, conservation projects and community websites to name but a few.


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



The purpose of the Community Action Plan is to provide a strategy for communities to make their own changes and improvements, tackling the issues and taking advantage of the opportunities that are important to them. With support, communities can achieve great success that provides long term positive benefits for residents.


Community Action Planning involves significant local consultation, open to all members of the community. The exact process is tailored to suit each community, however it will typically involve questionnaires, meetings, focus groups and other means of giving people the chance to contribute.

Once communities become more confident in their ability to do more, or when a community feels it is time to refresh a Community Action Plan, support can be given to undertake a review.

Current Community Action Plans

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

Other Community projects

The Grantown-on-Spey Town Centre Pilot Project was prepared as part of a Scottish Government funded pilot to put into practice the principles contained within the Town Centre Toolkit. The project involved working with local communities, organisations and businesses to develop a framework for improving the vitality of Grantown-on-Spey’s town centre.



Do you have any other questions?


Liz Henderson, Community Support Manager, tel: 01479 870538