Charrette gets committee funding


Laurencekirk Development Trust received funding from Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee this week to go ahead with a mini Charrette.

The group applied for £4000 funding from the area committee budget on Tuesday, January 19 at Viewmount in Stonehaven.

LDT however, did not receive the full amount applied for due to funds being allocated for the financial year.

The group was awarded £3483 with councillors agreeing that if money was to come back from other projects that LDT could be topped up with funding to a maximum of £4000.

In November LDT and Laurencekirk were given more time to develop a business case for community use of the former Mearns Academy site and playing fields. Councillors on the Policy & Resources Committee delayed a decision to market for sale the former Mearns Academy buildings including, the leisure centre and playing fields until April 2016, providing time for the local development trust to deliver a robust business case and undertake full consultation with the local community.

This will take place as an intensive planning session where residents, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development, called a charrette.

In a report to councillors it stated: “Students from Dundee University are currently looking at the plans drawn up by the Trust and will assist with drawing up planning options.

“A mini event is now proposed and will cost less than the original, which was estimated at £30,000. The event can be tailored to the finances available, albeit still managed with the same principles of a Charrette. The group have an approved grant of £10,000 from Awards for All.”