On behalf of Foveran Community Council the Trust will shortly manage a contract to develop a Local Place Plan for Foveran Community Council Area to include the four settlements of Cultercullen, Foveran, Newburgh and Udny Station.

Local Place Plans were introduced by the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 and contain a new right for communities to produce their own plans as part of the new Scottish planning system. Local Place Plans contain the community‚Äôs proposals for the development and use of land, and provide a new opportunity for communities to feed into the planning system with ideas and proposals.  This Plan will provide evidence for the preparation of the next Aberdeenshire Local Development Plan in 2028 and its production is strongly supported by Aberdeenshire Council.

Local Place Plans are more than just a plan: they can help communities understand what they want to be like in the future and help to develop a positive community identity.  They can help develop local connections and collaborations and develop community capacity and improve social capital. They can support community aspirations on the big challenges for a future Scotland, such as responding to the global climate emergency, biodiversity, energy security and tackling inequalities.  They are an opportunity for real, community-based change.   So do please get involved in shaping the future of our local communities – by doing so you have a real say in how our local communities develop in the future.

The Community Council is shortly to discuss the appointment of a professional organisation to support the production of the Local Place Plan for Foveran. It will design an engagement programme over the next six months to involve facilitated meetings, drop-in sessions, school events etc in an effort to reach and engage with all sectors of our local communities.