An island nature reserve is to be created as crofting estate land is transferred into community ownership on South Uist.
A total of 1100 hectare of land at Loch Druidibeg on the island will become a wildlife haven after the Scottish Government rubber-stamped the plan.
A community arts and development organisation in Dumfries is making a bid to take back control of its neglected town centre and become the first in Scotland to buy back its high street. It hopes to transform the down-at-heel centre into a bustling hub full of urban homes, social enterprises and local small businesses.
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A page on the Scottish Government website claims, boldly, to describe How Community Planning Works.Cynics might answer: “It’s complicated.” They might be right.
While community planning has been around since the 2003 Local Government Act, the big shift underway is making sure it’s not just token consultation, but genuine community participation in planning our futures. This is what the 2015 Community Empowerment Act envisaged, and it is a big change.