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Call Centre Answers needs for Affordable Homes

17th August 2018

A former call centre in Aviemore is to be turned into affordable housing after planning permission was granted today (Friday 17 August) by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA).

The conversion of the redundant office block off Dalfaber Drive will see the creation of 20 social rental flats with a mixture of one and two bedroom properties, as well as the construction of a new block containing four cottage flats, for mid-market rent and shared equity ownership.

Speaking at the CNPA Planning Committee meeting in Ballater earlier today, Head of Planning and Communities Gavin Miles recommended the application for approval. He said: “The proposed development will provide essential affordable housing in a central location in Aviemore and is a positive re-use of a vacant building.”

Planning Committee Convener Eleanor Mackintosh commented: “The Planning Committee were delighted to grant planning permission for these 24 affordable housing units in Aviemore. It was the critical need for affordable housing in Aviemore and the fact that the owner has marketed the building for business uses without success over a period of years that outweighed the Committee’s concerns about loss of business land. We look forward to the properties being let and remind local people looking for affordable housing anywhere in Badenoch and Strathspey to put their names onto the Highland Housing Register.”

Read the planning papers in full