The planning system in the Cairngorms National Park is managed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) and the five local authorities which operate in the Park - Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland, Moray and Perth & Kinross.
Planning in the National Park
All planning applications within the Cairngorms National Park are decided against the Cairngorms National Park Local Development Plan.
Find out more about the Local Development Plan
Planning applications in the National Park are decided by either the CNPA or the local authority that the application is made in. All planning applications are made to the relevant local authority, but the CNPA ‘calls in’ and determines the bigger and most sensitive applications. The rest of the planning applications (most planning applications) are determined by the local authority they were made to.
View the latest call-ins
All planning applications in the National Park are decided against the Cairngorms National Park Local Development Plan and Supplementary Guidance prepared by the CNPA.
The CNPA also produces Cairngorms Planning Advice Notes that explain parts of the planning process.
Read further guidance
The CNPA Planning Service
The CNPA’s planning service helps get development in the right places in the National Park by promoting investment, by protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural heritage and by creating places that we can all value and enjoy.
Planning Service Charter
Our Planning Service Charter explains more about our planning service and the levels of service you can expect from us.
Planning Service Performance
We prepare a Planning Performance Framework Annual Report that shows how we improve our service each year.
The CNPA Planning Committee meets every 4 weeks to determine planning applications which have been ‘called in’ or make decisions about the delivery of the CNPA’s planning service. View Planning Committee Papers
The CNPA and local authorities monitor the planning permissions they grant and have powers to enforce planning conditions if development does not comply with them and control development that takes place without the correct permission. The CNPA’s Planning Enforcement Register lists cases where enforcement notices have been served by the CNPA. Our Enforcement Charter sets out the standards for our enforcement service.
Good design in the park
We want the Cairngorms National Park to stand out for the high quality design and construction of all its development.
You can see examples of good design in the National Park that have been achieved through a partnership between well-informed clients and customers, good architects/designers and skilled builders and contractors.
Do you have any other questions?
You can contact our planning team based in our Grantown office on 01479 873535. They are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Alternatively you can email us at [email protected]