The Arbroath Charrette project is one of 17 national projects which will receive a share of a £300,000 Scottish Government fund aimed at giving people a say on how to improve their areas.
Increased funding for the Charrette Mainstreaming Programme will go to eight community-led and nine local authority schemes, and will see the Arbroath project awarded a £15,000 grant.
Charrettes are interactive design workshops which take place over several days, bringing the public and stakeholders together with a design team to develop a community masterplan.
The events bring together designers, specialists, local service providers and local people into a single forum, and this enables them to hear and understand each other’s concerns, priorities, and constraints, and plan for the future
Projects that have been supported through the £300,000 funding include the Arbroath charrette which is calling for views on regenerating the town centre and considering how to improve connections between the two main visitor attractions – Arbroath Abbey and the harbour.
Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment Marco Biagi said: “From Tiree to Greenock, charrettes are giving people the chance to be involved in plans for their communities - literally at the drawing board. They give people a chance to take part rather than just being consulted. Who better to understand the issues and opportunities in an area than the people who live there?
“Planning plays an important role in creating safer and more pleasant places in Scotland which are more sustainable and attract investment so I am particularly pleased that we have seen so many community groups come forward directly with ambitions to improve their environments and receive funding to run their own charrettes.”