PLANED came into existence in 2001 following a progress review by SPARC, the community owned rural initiative in south Pembrokeshire. Consultations with communities and partners and lessons learned led to the development of a pan Pembrokeshire community led initiative under the name of PLANED – Pembrokeshire Local Action Network for Enterprise and Development.
PLANED developed as a community led partnership, a charity, and a company limited by guarantee, with its Board members consisting of community representatives and representatives from the public sector.
PLANED aims to play a vital role in empowering and enabling local communities to be full and equal partners in the development of their area through EU programmes, Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) initiatives, and other funding streams e.g. the Big Lottery or the Heritage Lottery Fund.
PLANED’s process of engagement ensures a very wide-ranging involvement in the development of strategies and projects, with local people, area enterprise groups, and specialist partners feeding into the process.
Facilitating community participation in an integrated approach to local development is the objective of the PLANED partnership. PLANED encourages the involvement of all local people and organisations to work together to improve the quality of life in their community. An important part of the process is the development of Community Forums and Community Action Plans. All communities are encouraged to establish Community Forums, open to all local organisations and individuals. The communities identify local needs, opportunities, and priorities, which are set out in Community Action Plans to be implemented by the forums and which feed into community Hub Development Plans.
PLANED works to implement a number of interrelated strategies which taken together promote sustainable living by: –
- Supporting local community activities to improve their quality of life
- Promoting a Sense of Place/Valuing the Environment
- Developing a community culture of entrepreneurship
- Encouraging local enterprise
- Developing sustainable tourism
- Supporting sustainable agriculture