Community Planning


Highland Community Partnerships were formed at the end of 2016 as a further development of the CPP within Highland.  This development was a direct response to the enhanced roles and responsibilities articulated in the Community Empowerment Act (2015) for Community Planning.  As a result of these changes the new Community Partnerships are now a key part to increasing how we work together and more collaboratively with communities.  Each Partnership in Highland is in a developmental phase.

Highland Community Partnership

The Highland Community Planning Partnership brings together public agencies, third sector organisations and other key community groups to work collaboratively with the people of Highland to deliver better outcome.  The Highland Outcome Improvement Plan (HOIP) is available here:

The Highland Community Planning Partnership works through a series of geographical local Community Partnerships and regional thematic groups.  Ultimately these deliver the Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP).  The LOIP, will be a document which outlines the Highland CPP aspirations for Highland and the specific actions they are implementing to deliver them.   The LOIP is both informed and informs local action plans through the Community Partnerships

Lochaber Community Partnership

The Lochaber Community Partnership is one of ten local partnerships which have been established geographically across Highland to ensure that community planning can be delivered successfully at a local level.

We promise to actively listen to the community, to identify the local challenges as expressed by them and commit to taking action that will reduce disadvantage and inequality.   We will use our combined resources creatively to produce solutions that are meaningful and valued by the community we serve.

The Lochaber Community Partnership is made up of 5 core agencies. These agencies are:-

  • The Highland Council,
  • Police Scotland,
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue Service,
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  •  NHS Highland.

Highlife Highland and the Highland Third Sector Interface represented by Voluntary Action Lochaber also play an important role in the partnership to achieve the following:

  1. Equality, meeting diverse needs of people and communities
  2. Resilient places and communities
  3. Supporting wellbeing and health.

Lochaber Community Partnership is set up to provide a forum within the local area where partner agencies and the community can come together to plan and take forward the needs of the local community.

Lochaber Partnership have been tasked with developing Locality Plans for 3 areas.  The 3 areas are;

  • Kinlochleven
  • Caol
  • Fort William (upper) including Claggan

These areas have been identified as areas highest on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation within Lochaber.

In addition, the development of Children’s Plans (Highland Council) and Adults Plans (NHS) is also a requirement.

The Adult Plan is available to view here

The Partnership meets as a group regularly but also has events within the local community to ensure that the voice of local people is being heard.  We will take forward what people have told us about their area and the needs of their community and set them out in a plan.  This will clearly state what we as a Partnership will be doing.  The plans will change over time as certain actions are completed and you as the community tell us about other areas of importance.


Archived information

Lochaber Community Development Plan 2016.17 can be viewed here.