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Cairngorms National Park

Lochan Uaine - The Green Loch

Local Development Plan 2021

The Local Development Plan (LDP) enables the right kind of development to happen in the right place to help deliver the aims of the National Park. All planning applications in the National Park are assessed against the LDP.

Cairngorms National Park Local Development Plan 2021

The Cairngorms National Park Local Development Plan was adopted by the CNPA on 26 March 2021.

In line with the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020, paper copies of the Plan are not currently available for inspection, however once restrictions have eased paper copies will be available during opening hours at the CNPA office in Grantown-on-Spey, at public libraries in the Park and some Council offices in the Park.

Planning Guidance

The CNPA has also prepared a suite of non-statutory Planning Guidance to help support the delivery of the LDP. Further Supplementary Guidance (SG) and non-statutory guidance will be issued for consultation shortly.

You can view and download our guidance below or request it at the CNPA office in Grantown-on-Spey. The guidance will also be available at public libraries and Council Service Points in the National Park once they are open.

Until they are replaced, the following pieces of guidance from the 2015 LDP still provide the most up-to-date supporting guidance on housing, design and placemaking and developer obligations:

For simple advice about the way the planning system in the National Park works try our Cairngorms Planning Advice Notes.

The LDP Action Programme

The Local Development Plan has an Action Programme that sets out how the plan will be implemented.

Development Plan scheme

The Development Plan Scheme sets out a planning authority’s programme for preparing and reviewing their development plan. As the local planning authority for the Cairngorms National Park, we are required to prepare a Development Plan Scheme every year.


Do you have any other questions?

You can contact our planning team in our Grantown office on 01479 873535 or email [email protected] The planning team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.