What we want to achieve:
The National Park’s towns, villages and countryside are enhanced with investment in the built and historic environment, public spaces and infrastructure.
The rural economy has been strengthened through sustainable business growth and diversification.
Population decline is being addressed by attracting and retaining more skilled working age and young people within the National Park and the development of a better range of housing options.
The Park’s communities are supported to influence and deliver actions that improve their quality of life and place.
Rural development in a National Park context is all about supporting thriving rural communities and a sustainable, growing, rural economy, within a heavily visited and strongly protected rural area, where conservation is to the fore.
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park’s unique environment and special qualities provide many opportunities for sustainable economic growth and diversification.
Strong partnership working can deliver the best economic and social use of our land, buildings and assets for the benefit of people living, working and visiting the area.
Aligned to this is the need to mitigate and address the challenges of climate change to improve quality of life, health and wellbeing and to enhance the overall experience of people visiting the National Park.
As a planning authority, the National Park Authority can encourage development which will improve the physical fabric of our towns and villages, and support a more integrated and strategic approach to rural land use and development.
Our communities are extremely well placed to take forward the new opportunities arising out of community empowerment and land reform legislation. This will enable them to have more say and involvement in service delivery, decision making and control of their future.
To realise our Rural Development vision we recognise that;
375 homes over the Plan period with a minimum of 25% being affordable
Delivery in 3 communities per year of the Plan
Delivery of 3 projects per Community Action Plan by 2023
Increase opportunities in the National Park over the Plan period