Having active, informed and involved communities is at the core of our work. Since the Park Authority was established we have supported communities to identify and deliver on their aspirations where they are consistent with the statutory aims of the National Park.
In line with priorities established in the Community Actions Plans, a broad range of significant projects improving community life have been delivered from these Plans and many of these relate to land owned by a public body or a community group. They include:
There are many more in the pipeline!
New opportunities that provide community groups with more rights over decision making, service delivery and the management of local assets are being implemented by the Scottish Government through the Community Empowerment Act. These new powers were prepared following the recommendations of The Christie Commission and cover a range of activities – some new, but many updated.
The Act and the implementing regulations include a number of provisions, which are outlined in detail on the Scottish Government’s website. The key relevant provisions in the National Park are:
The Scottish Government has published guidance for relevant public bodies, such as the National Park, and community bodies.
The process to request an asset transfer from those listed in the register is formal and so we would encourage reviewing the Government’s guidance in the first place to ensure your community organisation can meet the requirements.
Informal advice and information is available and we would encourage early informal, pre-application requests to be submitted.
Any enquiries or requests should be to Anne Jackson (+441389722623 or email@example.com), who will co-ordinate our response.