In 1994, with the imminent closure of the aluminium smelter in the village the Kinlochleven Land Development Trust was formed. A multi-agency body with representatives from the local community, Lochaber Enterprise and the Highland Council its primary aim was to make use of land transferred from Alcan to the local community for regeneration projects following the factory closure. This allowed the village to move away from a dependence on heavy industry to make the most of its location and create an outdoor tourism and small business centre.
With the long term economic future of the village more secure the Trust’s priorities have changed. It has moved away from being an agency led organisation and instead is truly rooted within the community. The majority of its Directors are now local residents all elected by village members. Although they still continue to work closely with outside bodies in the interests of Kinlochleven.
Recognising the role of the Trust was more than just the development of land in and around the village the members in January 2008 voted to change its name to the Kinlochleven Community Trust. With new challenges facing the village, the Trust is focusing on new priorities. These include the transformation of derelict land at the centre of the village in to a centenary garden, work to improve and extend the footpath network in and around the village, the establishment of a “green village” scheme and in the long term the provision of renewable energy schemes.