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  • Your Community Your Say

    Community consultation took place throughout March & April 2013 in Aberfoyle, Arrochar & Tarbet, Drymen & Balmaha and Tyndrum to find out how people think their community could be improved and develop a shared vision for its future. A new pilot scheme, known as a Charrette and funded by the Scottish Government, brought together residents with design consultants to talk about the future of each village, everything from employment to housing, attracting tourism businesses and public transport.

    Building on work already carried out by communities, the aim is to create a masterplan that will help guide local development in that area through the preparation of a new Local Development Plan for the National Park.

    Two rounds of workshops were held – the first was a fact finding session and the second allowed discussion and input on some initial draft ideas developed by the design team.

    The final event was run as a public display of the Design Team’s results and included the opportunity for informal discussion between the community and members of both the Design Team and the National Park Authority. The Design Team’s results included the follow up of discussions with agencies, landowners and other relevant interests to ensure that the options presented are realistic and viable as far as can be established.

    The Final Report is available to download below:

    You can also view a short video (6 minutes) which provides a summary of the events:


    Overall the Charrette has been viewed as a success due to the level of discussion and volume of ideas the events generated. Taking a ‘design led approach’ which generates ideas visually from community views and looks to the longer term, helps to articulate potential solutions to existing issues or problems. It also encourages interest from businesses, landowners and potential sources of funding for infrastructure to help realise the solutions.

    In terms of next steps, we will now progress the findings of the Charrette report by incorporating them into the first formal consultation of the Local Development Plan process – the Main Issues Report - over the forthcoming winter period. We will also have follow up meetings with communities, businesses and stakeholders to continue discussion on how both the planning and non planning ideas can be taken forward, some of which don’t rely on the Local Development Plan.

    The Community Action Plans for Strathfillan and Arrochar, Succoth and Tarbet Community Council area are also being prepared.

    If you attended the Charrette and would like to leave a comment on how you found the engagement process, please fill out our online questionnaire. 

    If you have any questions regarding the content of this page, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Forward Planning team by emailing or by calling 01389 726 600.