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Community buyout places locals in the driving seat of amenity provision

August 27 2020

Community buyout places locals in the driving seat of amenity provision

A Highland community has taken amenity provision into their own hands following the sale of grassland at Lower-Foyers, Invernesshire.

Stratherrick + Foyers Community Trust, aided by a grant from the Scottish Land Fund, took possession from Ashfield Land and Property in 2016 and have now prepared ambitious plans for a pavilion, walking trail and climbing wall.

Devised by Colin Armstrong Architects this approach will transform the present field into a mix of community facilities including a hall and gym, sensory garden and in-ground trampoline.

A putting green, outdoor table tennis courts and a ball wall will also be provided.

In a statement, the trust wrote: "As a result of community interest the trust entered into (what became) protracted negotiations with the seller (whose preference was, perhaps unsurprisingly, to dispose to a commercial purchaser for development value rather than a community organisation.)

"Based on the trust's brief, Colin Armstrong Architects then developed a first draft masterplan... broken down into five potential separate phases."

Phase one constitutes a circular boundary path following the construction of an access route from Riverside Road. 

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