Cairngorms National Park

Loch Morlich

Local Development Plan 2020

The Local Development Plan 2020 will guide development in the Cairngorms National Park over the period 2020-2025 and into the longer term

view from Creag Bheag

Cairngorms Local Development Plan 2020

We are required by law to ensure that our Local Development Plan is kept up-to-date and reviewed every 5 years. The current Local Development Plan was adopted in March 2015 so we need to ensure that a new Local Development Plan is in place by 2020.

It will take several years to produce the Local Development Plan 2020, and the process involves a number of key stages which are summarised in the diagram below.



You can find out more about the process and timetable for preparing the Local Development Plan 2020, and how you can get involved, by reading our Development Plan Scheme.

There are opportunities for members of the public and other interested parties to comment on the emerging Local Development Plan at the Main Issues Report stage and at the Proposed Plan stages. We recently consulted on our Main Issues Report and you can find out more about this below.

Evidence and information gathering

As part of our initial evidence and information gathering we undertook a ‘call for sites and ideas’.  This allowed anyone with an interest in the development of land to propose sites on which they would like to see development happen in the future. This process was important as it helped to identify possible development options at an early stage.

Main Issues Report

We recently consulted on our Main Issues Report for the Local Development Plan 2020.

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

It looked at issues including:

  • How and where should new development happen in future?
  • How can we capitalise on road and rail improvement?
  • How many new homes do we need and where should they go?
  • How do we protect the Park’s unique environment alongside development?

The consultation provided an important opportunity to get involved and influence the content of the new Local Development Plan.


The Cairngorms National Park Authority would like to thank all those who took the time to get involved in the consultation. We received over 300 responses which have provided constructive comments to work with going forward.

Next Steps

We are currently analysing the responses to the Main Issues Report and these will be used to inform the preparation of the Proposed Local Development Plan 2020 which we aim to publish for public comment towards the end of this year.

Do you have any other questions?

You can contact our planning team in our Grantown office on 01479 873535 or by email at [email protected]. The planning team are available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.