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Community Planning Processes

Skye, Lochalsh, Wester Ross

Part 2 of The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 puts communities at the heart of community planning. To support this the Scottish Government established 32 Community Planning Partnerships across Scotland. The Highland Community Planning Partnership (HCPP) has ten members including the Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI).


To ensure equal participation across the Highland region, the Highland Community Planning Partnership set-up eight local Community Partnerships. The Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross Community Partnership (SLWRCP) is chaired by HIE and members include SLCVO, Highland Council, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Highland and Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association. 

Each Community Planning Partnership has to produce a Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP) that sets out their outcomes and priorities to reduce inequalities. The Highland Outcome Improvement Plan 2017-2027 has five core outcomes:

  • Poverty Reduction 

  • Community Participation & Dialogue 

  • Infrastructure 

  • Community Safety & Resilience 

  • Mental Health & Mental Well-being 

In addition to the LOIP, Community Partnerships have to produce Locality Plans that help to reduce in inequalities as a result of socio-economic disadvantage. The Highland Community Planning Partnership identified 24 locality areas, two of which are the responsibility of the Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross Community Partnership, Kyle of Lochalsh and Portree/North East Skye.

The third sector and SLCVO's Role in Community Planning

To ensure Community Planning processes deliver quality and relevant services, service providers need the direct involvement and leadership of representatives from the third sector and local communities.


Third Sector Representatives sit on the nine Highland strategic CPP groups. They advocate for Third Sector Organisations at the Community Planning Partnership within policy and decision-making forums. For more information see here .

SLCVO work with public bodies to ensure there is representation from SLWR third sector and communities in local and regional planning, recent examples include:

  • Skye, Lochalsh and Wester Ross Community Partnership (SLWRCP)

  • Skye and Raasay Future (SARF) 

  • Adult Protection Engagement for the Highland Adult Protection Committee

  • The Highland Cares Project Board


We also support national consultation's such as:

  • Scottish Parliament Net Zero, Energy, and Transport Committee Inquiry into ‘A Modern and Sustainable Ferry Service for Scotland’

  • Inquiry into Community Planning by Local Government, Housing & Planning Committee

  • University of St Andrews PHD research project looking at the direct and indirect consequences of the covid-19 pandemic

SLCVOs document 'Overview of Highland Community Planning March 2023' gives a detailed overview of the different Highland Council committees and HTS Forums. Download it here 

To keep up to date with national, regional and local third sector participation activity sign up for SLCVO monthly Third Sector Bulletin here or follow our Facebook page.

The Scottish Government are committed to supporting communities to do things for themselves, and to make their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services. Find out more about policy here

The Highland Community Planning Partnership (CPP) is led by The Highland Council. Their website gives details of the strategic boards, development groups and Forums. Find out more information here

The Highland Community Justice Partnership is one of three Community Planning thematic groups, find out more about their work here

The Highland Green Health Partnership is one of three Community Planning thematic groups, find out more about their work here

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