Our journey

PLANED is a community-led partnership established as a social enterprise, a Development Trust, a charity, and a company limited by guarantee, with its Board members being representatives from communities and from the public and private sectors.

We have over 30 years’ experience of implementing integrated rural development through supporting enterprise, sustainable agriculture and tourism, heritage and environmental activities, through community engagement and participation.

We encourage a community culture of enterprise supporting people to harness their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm –to safeguard their future. This is achieved through delivering locally tailored initiatives, which build on existing community strengths and empower local people, while ensuring effort in one area of development adds value to other areas.

We are an organisation that works with geographic communities and communities of interest to identify, develop and implement sustainable projects that improve the wellbeing of the community with a focus on long-term, integrated, collaborative actions.

Our story

PLANED has evolved over time, and has a long and proud history of rural regeneration and support for community-led development. In 1986, a group of volunteers who had worked successfully together to save an important building in Narberth for community use formed the Taf and Cleddau Rural Initiative (TCRI).

Working within the then Welsh Development Agency’s Rural Programme, we have been able to pioneer community–based regeneration. This success led the way for the South Pembrokeshire Action for Rural Communities (SPARC) to be formed. In 1991 SPARC was one of the 137 groups the European Union selected to pilot the LEADER programme. The fundamental principles of LEADER include a bottom up and integrated approach to community-led local development, utilising innovative techniques, pioneering market testing and piloting, and partnership with others.

You can read more about the projects SPARC implemented under different funding programmes here.

Following a strategic review of SPARC in 2002, Partnerships for Local Action and Networks for Enterprise and Development or PLANED was established.

PLANED has celebrated 30 years of action for rural communities at its AGM held in the building where it all began, Bloomfield in Narbeth.

You can see our story here.