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Final chance to comment on Local Plan for Cairngorms National Park

26th August 2007

The consultation on the modifications made to the Deposit version of the Cairngorms National Park Local Plan kicks off today (Monday 16 June) for a period of six weeks.

The Local Plan will provide a development framework for the Cairngorms National Park and will replace those currently in existence for the four local authorities currently covering the Park: Highland, Moray, Aberdeenshire and Angus. Once adopted it will be used to assess and determine all planning applications for developments across the entire Park.

Providing clear and consistent guidance across the Park – and in three key areas of housing, business support and the environment – the Local Plan seeks to encourage innovation and opportunities for sustainable development within the context of the Park aims.

Since 2004, a significant amount of consultation has been carried out. A total of 476 responses – raising over 1500 separate points to consider – were made at the last stage in the process (the consultation on the Deposit Local Plan which took place between July and September 2007).

Only comments regarding the modifications to the Local Plan can made at this stage in the process. Copies of the Local Plan with its modifications and the associated Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report are available free of charge for inspection at the CNPA’s offices in Grantown and Ballater and Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highland and Angus Council offices. The documents can also be viewed online here.

All comments should be made in writing to: Local Plan/Policy Officer, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Ground Floor, Albert Memorial Hall, Station Square, Ballater, AB35 5QB or fill out the online form on the CNPA website.