COMMUNITY councillors on Cumbrae are seeking the views of the island's residents to help shape a Local Place Plan for the area.

Cumbrae Community Council has created an in-depth survey and are now asking islanders to have their say on a variety of important issues.

Local Place Plans (LPPs) are community-led plans that allow community bodies to actively plan for their future.

They should focus on proposals for land use development and they may also identify land and buildings that the community body considers to be of particular significance to the local area.

It will help to agree on priorities as a community and influence planning policies adopted by North Ayrshire Council.

The community council website states: "The experience with the solar farm convinced Cumbrae Community Council that local residents, community groups and businesses need to have more of a say in the way land is used on the island.

"Creating a Local Place Plan will give us the opportunity to consult with the community, create a shared vision for future development, and influence planning policy at North Ayrshire Council.

"It will identify places that are important to us, explain why they matter, and propose areas that might be suitable for development."

Residents are asked to fill in a survey - that takes no longer than 20 minutes - which covers issues ranging from likes and dislikes about living on the island to views on car parking, transport, energy and development areas.

Gregor Harvie, an adviser to Cumbrae Community Council, said: "It is a way for the community to influence planning policy that is implemented on the island.

"Our objective is to get a draft plan put together by June, so that we can influence the development of North Ayrshire Council's local development plan.

"We think an online survey is good way to get the views because we can gather the data quite sufficiently."

The Cumbrae Forum will also be hosting three sessions for islanders who seek help getting online.

These sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 9 from 7-8pm, Thursday, April 11 from 2-3pm, and Saturday, April 13 from 11am until 12 noon.

There will also be a community drop-in session at the Cumbrae Forum Hub on Saturday, April 13, when locals can come along and share their views.

For more information and to fill out the survey visit