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We are currently developing a new pilot scheme that will improve our understanding of how local authorities, development trusts and other bodies can manage assets in their local area.

Our three-year corporate plan sets out our commitment to test different methods of managing assets, empowering communities and giving local people more say in decisions that impact the land, coastline and sea near where they live.

We have appointed Argyll-based Sarah Brown of C2W consulting to support us by providing advice, defining criteria for selecting pilots and ensuring the scheme is informed by consultation and engagement.

Work has already started on establishing a set of criteria and also to ensure there is a clear process in place to gauge the success of projects that go ahead. In 2018 we will be consulting with coastal and rural community representatives and other individuals and organisations to ensure that the final scheme – the criteria and process – are robust and transparent.

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