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Cairngorms National Park

Lochan Uaine - The Green Loch

Planning & Development

Covid-19 / Coronavirus Update – The CNPA Planning service will continue to operate during Covid-19 restrictions but please see our Covid-19/Coronavirus Update page for information on changes in the way the service will be delivered.

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

Local Development Plan

We are currently working on the preparation of the next Local Development Plan 2020. The LDP ensures that development done in the National Park is appropriate and in the right places and has policies to help guide future decisions on planning applications.

View the Local Development Plan 2020

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

View Local Development Plan 2015

Planning applications

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

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 Charter

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

Planning Advice Notes

These provide advice about the planning system in the Cairngorms National Park and how you can get the most from it

View Planning Advice Notes

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.


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.