A SERIES of information sessions are being held by the Cairngorms National Park Authority to help the public engage in the Deposit Local Plan.
The Cairngorms National Park Deposit Local Plan is a statutory document which will guide and manage development and use of land in the Park for a five year period. It was prepared through extensive consultation with public and private partners. Once formally adopted, it will replace the local plans currently in existence for the four local authority areas covering the Park: Aberdeenshire; Angus; Highland and Moray.
The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) board is due to formally approve the deposit period at a board meeting in Edzell on Friday (June 15th).
The deposit period runs from July 9th to September 28th and will allow the Park’s residents the opportunity to respond to the document and to make comments and/or objections.
To ensure the public understands the document, process and how to respond a number of information sessions are being held by the CNPA. These sessions are to inform the public how they should respond to the document, but they are not an opportunity for them to make any comments and/or objections. Meetings will take place later in the summer with communities and individuals to discuss comments and/or objections
The first session is due to take place next week, Monday June 18th, at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Grampian Road, Aviemore.
They will run over the following fortnight as follows:
- Tuesday 19th June, Braemar Village Hall, Mar Road, Braemar
- Wednesday 20th June, Victoria Hall, Station Square, Ballater
- Tuesday 26th June, Richmond Memorial Hall, Tomintoul
- Thursday 28th June, The Townhouse, The Square, Grantown-on-Spey
- Friday 29th June, Talla nan Ros, Kingussie
The sessions run from 4-8pm and are open to all regardless of where they live. CNPA officers will be present to explain the process fully.
Karen Major, the CNPA’s Local Plan Officer, said: “The Cairngorms National Park Local Plan will be very important for the Park, it will guide and manage development in the Park a five year period, including housing. Therefore it is vital that the public respond to the document and tell us their comments or objections, not only so that they understand it, but so that we deliver a Local Plan that is best for the Park.
“The information sessions are open to everyone and we would encourage people to come along as it is their opportunity to have a say on this document.”