Cairngorms National Park


Main Issues Report

Help guide the future development of the Cairngorms National Park by taking part in our consultation on the Main Issues Report for our next Local Development Plan

Consultation Period: 17 November 2017 - 2 March 2018


MIRcoverWe are consulting on the main issues to be addressed in the Cairngorms National Park Local Development Plan 2020 – the document which will guide future development in the National Park.

The Main Issues Report seeks views on the big issues that the Local Development Plan 2020 will need to address and the options for tackling them.

The consultation on the Main Issues Report is an important opportunity to get involved in shaping the future of the National Park. It is your chance to influence the content of the new Local Development Plan to help make sure it provides the homes, jobs and services that our communities need whilst also protecting and enhancing the Park’s unique environment and cultural heritage for future generations.

Download the full Main Issues report here  (PDF | 8.2MB), or view each of the Main Issues below.

Main Policy Issues

There are 10 topics that we think are the main policy issues that the new Local Development Plan will need to address. These don’t try to cover all the policy topics that will eventually be included in the final Local Development Plan. At this stage we are focussing on the topics that we think are the most significant. Click on the images below for more information on each of the main policy issues.

Issue 1  Over-arching Development Strategy StrathdonHouse
1. Over-arching Development Strategy2. Designing great places
3. Impacts and opportunities from the A9 and Highland Main Line upgrades4. Housing
BirchfieldCourt3web2004 Russwood Offices Exterior Photo 2 credit Mark Williams
5. The affordability of housing6. Economic development
Boat Ranger - Scott HendersonWebAviemore primary school web
7. Impact on Natura designations8. Planning obligations
Flooding in BallaterUpper Glenfeshie showing pine forest and braided river channels of River Spey, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
9. Flood risk and climate change resilience10. Land management in upland areas

Settlement Based Issues

We have also identified issues and proposed objectives, as well as potential development options, for each of the main settlements within the National Park. You can view these by clicking the settlement (highlighted in purple) you are interested in on the map below and then clicking the link.

How To Give Us Your Views

Cairngorms National Park Authority
PH26 3BR

[email protected]

Schedule Of Events

We are holding a number of events across the National Park where you can come along and find out more about the Main Issues Report. At each event, there will be a Drop in session which you can visit during the stated time, followed by an informal round table discussion for around an hour. You are welcome to attend either or both parts of the event and we will be happy to chat to you about any of the towns and villages in the National Park, not just the location you are visiting.

We look forward to seeing you!

Please let us know if you have any accessibility issues  such as the need for disabled access for a venue or if you would like to request a large print copy of the Main Issues Report.

Date (2018)LocationTimeVenue
18th JanuaryTomintoul6pm Drop In
7pm ‘Round Table’
Richmond Hall
22nd JanuaryBlair Atholl6pm Drop In
7pm ‘Round Table’
Village Hall
24th JanuaryGrantown6pm Drop In
7.30pm ‘Round Table’
Grant Arms
30th JanuaryAviemore6pm Drop In
7.30pm ‘Round Table’
The Hub
1st FebruaryBallater6pm Drop In
7.30pm ‘Round Table’
Mike Sheridan Room, Albert Hall
6th FebruaryBraemar1pm Drop In
2.30 ‘Round Table’
Victoria Hall
8th FebruaryKingussie1pm Drop In
2.30 ‘Round Table’
Talla nan Ros
12th FebruaryNewtonmore6pm Drop in
7pm Discussion
Village Hall
8th FebruaryCarrbridge6pm Drop in
7pm ‘Round Table’
Village Hall

Supporting documents