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02 June 2019Resuracing works on A9 at Cromarty Causeway 24th June - 2nd July

02 June 2019Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan Review

Dear Community Council

We know that Community Councils are made up of people who care about their community and many are keen to shape its future growth.  The Council’s Local Development Plan can play an important role in doing that for Community Councils.  Following on from our initial announcement last month of the upcoming review of the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan (IMF LDP), we want to assist and support you in engaging effectively in the process of reviewing the IMFLDP and below are some of the key pieces of information you will need:

What is the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan? 

It is one of the main planning documents which forms part of the Council’s Development Plan.  These are a set of documents that are used in the determination of planning applications and help to inform investment decisions.  The IMFLDP sets out a strategy for the Inner Moray Firth area and identifies particular settlements and sites for future growth and development. 

Why should Community Councils get engaged in its preparation?

Given that the plan will set out how our main towns and villages change over time, it is important that it reflects the aspirations of the local community.  As representative voices for their communities, the Community Council is ideally placed to gather information and share the general opinion and needs of the people they represent with the Council.  This position often differs from developers/landowners, who are typically trying to promote particular sites for development, and neighbours of sites who typically want to protect their private interests.  Community Councils can bridge this gap by providing us with comments on what is best for the community as a whole. 

When should Community Councils get involved in the process?

Community Councils are encouraged to remain engaged throughout the preparation of the plan, however, it is particularly important to provide us with your views early on.  Below are the main stages in the plan process:

The first stage where you can make comments is called the Call for Sites which is expected to run for at least 6 weeks from late Spring/ early Summer 2019 (details will be announced shortly).  This is where we will be asking for developers, landowners and communities to suggest the key priorities for their area and which sites should be developed.  

Later in 2019, we will then publish the Main Issues Report which will show all the options available and will include the Council’s initial preferred position.  This is considered to be one of the key consultation stages and we will be encouraging everyone with an interest to submit their comments.  

The following stage will be the publication of the Proposed Plan (expected during the second half of 2020) which is the first published draft of the plan.  This will be the final chance for people to seek changes to the plan.

Once the Proposed Plan process is complete the plan is submitted to the Scottish Government for Examination and based on their conclusions it will then be taken forward for adoption. 

How can Community Councils engage effectively? 

We recommend that Community Councils should start now to prepare their response to the Call for Sites and Main Issues Report.   This should include setting out the main priorities for the area (for example the delivery of new affordable housing to retain young people or identify land for a new community centre) and highlight the sites which are considered suitable for development (for example land adjoining the settlement or a derelict site which would benefit from being redeveloped).  We recommend each Community Council familiarise themselves with the existing Plan and how it relates to their settlement(s).  This will help to show the typical information that a local development plan provides. 

Who should we contact if we need further information?

We want to support Community Councils and other community groups to be engaged in the process.  Therefore, if you have any questions or would like to discuss the plan process further please contact us at imfldp@highland.gov.ukand we will respond to queries as soon as possible.  For your information, please see the attached map which shows the geographical areas which individual planners in the team are currently responsible for covering.  Some Community Council’s have requested a short briefing session and in these cases we have agreed to attend Community Council meetings in a central location to help group these sessions.  Please let us know if this is something which you are interested in and we can look to make suitable arrangements.  

Kind regards

Scott Dalgarno

Development Plans Manager

Highland Council

02 June 2019Community Rights to Buy Event

Dear Community Council,

The Scottish Government Community Land Team are holding a free event on Community Rights to Buy in Inverness and we would we be grateful if you could disseminate the information below to your members.

The Scottish Government Community Land Team are holding a free event at the Inverness College UHI, Inverness on 15th October 2019. The event will give an overview of the various types of community rights to buy that communities can use, practical advice on how to become a compliant body and the application processes. We are also holding one-to-one sessions in the afternoon for those who wish to discuss specific ideas or require more detail. If you are interested in coming along please follow this link to ourEventbrite page and book your place. 

If you have any queries please get in touch at crtb@gov.scot

Kind regards

Kyle Anderson

Community Land Team (Community Right to Buy) 
Q Spur 
Saughton House 
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3XD

Tel: 0300 244 9822

The Community Land Team are holding a pilot series of information events on Community Rights to Buy in Glasgow, Perth and Inverness. If you would like to come along please sign up using our events page.


14 May 2019Knockbain CC Annual General Meeting

06 May 2019Black Isle Tourism Team - Bulletin April 2019

Greetings Friends and Members!

As we speed towards the busy season ahead, it is a good time to reflect on our hopes, concerns and ideas for what could work better in the Black Isle.

Earlier this month we launched our draft Tourism Strategy and three month consultation period. Over 35 local community and business representatives joined us for a walk in Culbokie Woods followed by a soup and sandwich lunch in the Culbokie Inn.

It was a positive start and we managed to secure some good coverage in the local press. HOWEVER... this consultation needs feedback from across the Black Isle. So we ask of you, four things:

1. Check out our new strategy

Key objectives include better communication – both for visitors and the different communities in the Black Isle, greater accessibility – improved physical access to sites, more public transport, and a year-round calendar of events and activities.

Click here to read the strategy.

2. Send us your feedback

As part of the consultation for our Tourism Strategy we are interested in views from stakeholders living and working in the Black Isle, whether they regard themselves directly involved in tourism or not.

The strategy makes the point that tourism is integral to the local economy and is only successful when residents also benefit – from improved infrastructure, more flexible housing stock and better services.

It's vital we hear from you to find out if our strategy has your support. Click here to fill out the feedback form and email it back.

3. Have conversations about us

We want as many people as possible to know about the Black Isle Tourism Team, our strategy and what we are trying to do. So please remember to point people who might be interested in our direction and get them to join our mailing list.

4. Become a member

It is our hope to secure funding to carry out the objectives within the strategy. The more members we have the more weight we carry to be able to move things forward, not least as some of our funding currently matches the membership subscription fees we get. More information about us and how to join can be found at black-isle.info/bitt 

Activity is currently coordinated by a steering group of local volunteers. We really want to employ a destination officer once more to help us implement the strategy. Support from our members is invaluable in working towards these objectives so please do get in touch with any feedback, ideas, offers of help or if you are interested in joining us. Email tourism@black-isle.info.

06 May 2019Annual General Meeting

It's our AGM on Tuesda 14 May in Munlochy Hall. A short ordinary meeting will take place at 6pm and the AGM at 7pm.  The agendas for each meeting are available at the links on our Minutes of Meetings page.

Any items for the Annual General Meeting AOCB should be submitted to our chairman seven days prior to the meeting using the Contact Us form. 



01 April 2019Work Parties Resume at Torgorm Point

Main activities in the first month will include tree and hedge planting in the orchard area, and the preparation of planters in and around the picninc /viewing area, aswall as ongoing maintenance. Bring tools if you have them (loppers, strimmers, protective gloves), but more importantly bring yourselves. Come along. All welcome. 

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