Cairngorms National Park

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The planning system in the Cairngorms National Park is managed by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) and the five local authorities which operate in the Park - Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland, Moray and Perth & Kinross

Planning Policy

All planning applications within the Cairngorms National Park are currently decided against the Cairngorms National Park Local Development Plan 2015.

View the Local Development Plan 2015

We are required by law to ensure that our Local Development Plan is kept up-to-date and reviewed every 5 years. We aim to have our next Local Development Plan in place by 2020.

View the emerging Local Development Plan 2020

Planning applications

Current applications can be viewed on the Planning Portal. To view these applications, you must read and accept the Terms and Conditions.

Planning advice

All planning applications in the National Park are decided against the Cairngorms National Park Local Development Plan and Supplementary Guidance prepared by the CNPA.

The CNPA also produces Cairngorms Planning Advice Notes that explain parts of the planning process.

Read further guidance

The CNPA Planning Service

The CNPA’s planning service helps get development in the right places in the National Park by promoting investment, by protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural heritage and by creating places that we can all value and enjoy.

Planning Service Newsletter

We prepare a Planning Service newsletter a few times a year which provides an update of what’s going on in the Cairngorm National Park’s Planning Service.

Download: Planning Service Newsletter July 18 here

Planning Service Charter

Our Planning Service Charter explains more about our planning service and the levels of service you can expect from us.

Planning Service Protocol

Our Planning Service Protocol sets out the voluntary agreement between the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) and the five Local Authorities (Aberdeenshire, Angus, Highland, Moray, Perth and Kinross) who all work together in the exercise of planning functions within and affecting, the Cairngorms National Park.

Planning Service Performance

We prepare a Planning Performance Framework Report that shows how we improve our service each year.

Planning Committee

The CNPA Planning Committee meets every 4 weeks to determine planning applications which have been ‘called in’ or make decisions about the delivery of the CNPA’s planning service. View Planning Committee Papers


The CNPA and local authorities monitor the planning permissions they grant and have powers to enforce planning conditions if development does not comply with them and control development that takes place without the correct permission. The CNPA’s Planning Enforcement Register lists cases where enforcement notices have been served by the CNPA. Our Enforcement Charter sets out the standards for our enforcement service.

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You can contact our planning team based in our Grantown office on 01479 873535. They are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Alternatively you can email us at [email protected]