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In partnership with the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust and the Sutherland Community Partnership, the Assynt Community Plan has now been completed, based on results of surveys completed by Assynt residents and workshops and drop-in sessions conducted by Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust through Summer/Autumn 2018.

The resultant document and its appendices are public documents, and are intended for use especially by organisations or individuals in Assynt.

The pdf version of the Assynt Community Plan can be accessed here.

The pdf version of the full appendices can be accessed here.

Paper copies will be available at the Assynt Development Trust office.

The Assynt Community Plan is the equivalent for Assynt of the “Locality Plans” for different areas within Sutherland and the wider Highland area, which are intended to feed into the Highland region’s “Local Outcome Improvement Plan”. *

Assynt doesn’t get to have its own official Locality Plan, because only the five ‘most deprived’ areas in Sutherland are given a Locality Plan , and the chosen standard measurements of disadvantage are largely based on an urban context.   However, the Assynt Community Plan contains the same kind of socio-economic information and key issues and aspirations, as contained in Locality Plans.

We hope the document will be useful for many purposes, including supporting funding applications by Assynt organisations and groups, for example.

Thanks to all at Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, and to all Assynt residents who helped by completing questionnaires or attending events which helped shape this Plan.


*   Each Scottish local authority area is required to produce a Local Outcome Improvement Plan, under the rules of the Community Empowerment Act.  The Local Outcome Improvement Plans are then given special status in influencing decision-making by local authorities and public bodies.  Community Planning Partnerships are the partnerships of local authorities and other public bodies which have been set up as part of the process of creating these Improvement Plans.  Links are below to the websites of:

The Sutherland Community Partnership ,

and the wider  Highland Community Planning Partnership.


3 thoughts on “Assynt Community Plan

  1. How can you create a “community plan” when 83% of residents have shown no interest? If this is “local democracy” in action, it’s little wonder so few people want to play.


    1. A 17% response rate clearly isn’t enough to demonstrate majority support in the community for any statements or proposals, but we understand that figure is on a par with the response rate for the Location Plans produced for other areas in the highlands. Staff at the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust, who undertook the Assynt Community Plan on behalf of the Sutherland Community Planning Partnership said: “Encouraging people to take part in a project like this is a perennial issue. Not just for us, but for public agencies and community groups alike. The Scottish Government (who were the main funders of this piece of work) believe that 10%-15% of a population is a representative sample.”


      1. Has it crossed your mind that maybe your methodology is flawed? If the Scottish Government, or any political body believes the10-15% is a representative sample, this might go some way to explaining the increasingly apparent detachment between our representatives and ourselves and why so few feel inclined to vote. Proceeding with a flawed mechanism simply because its flawed results have been accepted elsewhere is not an argument.

        I think you fail to acknowledge other more localised reasons for the poor response. The prospectus you offer is just about a carbon copy of that issued by the Assynt Foundation back in Year Zero, identifying the same (fairly obvious) needs, i.e., houses, jobs, youth opportunities, yada yada yada. It’s a bit like asking people if they’d like to be richer. Few are likely to answer negatively. We’ve been hearing the same song for decades and all the while, the key indicators are heading only one way and the same flawed political narratives are recited over and over, i.e., that all we really want is to own land and “protect our environment” from non-existent threats.

        You don’t need a survey or money to identify the problems here. Instead, I believe we should be challenging our politicians to do what they are supposed to be doing and representing us with more than just the same tired old soundbites and PR cliches, rather than trying to mould this community into a shape that fits with the grant application forms.


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