Cairngorms National Park

Uath Lochans from Farleitter Crag, Kingussie

The Planning Process Explained

It is important to obtain pre-application advice from your local authority. They will contact us if they think the application is of a sensitive nature to the National Park.

Planning Applications in the Park

Planning applications in the Cairngorms National Park are decided by either the relevant local authority or by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA). CNPA “calls in” and determines the bigger and most sensitive applications within the Park. The rest (most planning applications) are determined by the relevant local authority.

All applications are assessed against the same Local Plan whether it is CNPA or the local authority making the decision. The Cairngorms National Park Local Plan 2010 is used for everywhere apart from Perth and Kinross, where two older local plans apply for now.