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Call for Sites and Ideas

The call for sites and ideas ended on the 3rd February 2017. It allowed anyone with an interest in the development of land to propose sites for potential inclusion in the Local Development Plan 2020

As part of our initial evidence and information gathering to inform the Local Development Plan 2020, we asked people to propose sites that could be considered for future development. This is important part of the plan making process as it helps to identify possible development options at an early stage.

We have not yet made any decisions on how much new development land will be needed in the next Local Development Plan but the sites submitted during the consultation will provide information on how much land is available for the purpose.

Sites were submitted for a range of potential uses, including housing, employment or other developments such as tourism or community facilities.

Focusing the process

As around half of the Cairngorms National Park is designated as being of European importance for nature conservation, we adopted a focused approach to the call for sites and ideas.

Map based guidance

To enable this we produced maps for the main settlements in the National Park. These showed areas that are subject to particular environmental protection and broad areas of search which may be more suitable for future development. The broad areas of search were identified using our knowledge of other potential development constraints such as topography, flood risk, and areas of woodland.  We also produced maps for a number of wider rural areas, where it might be appropriate for small-scale development to take place to meet local needs. These maps again identified areas of particular environmental protection for information.

Guidance Note

In addition to the maps, we provided a guidance note which gave more details on the call for sites and ideas process. This also provided comments on the main settlements, including how much land is allocated for the development in the existing Local Development Plan, the factors that might influence future development, and the scale of development that might potentially be appropriate for the future.

It was recommended that those proposing sites for development take account of the maps and guidance note to help inform their submissions.


Please note that the maps and guidance note were intended to help guide site submissions towards locations that are more likely to be suitable for development and away from the most environmentally sensitive locations. They do not indicate any presumption in favour of development in any particular locations or at any particular scale.

Submitting a site

Sites could be submitted for consideration by using the call for sites and ideas response form (Word | 71KB). A separate form should have been completed for each site submission.

The consultation closed at 5pm on Friday 3 February 2017.

What happens next?

There is no presumption that any of the sites that were submitted in response to the call for sites and ideas will be allocated for development in the Local Development Plan 2020. The Cairngorms National Park Authority is currently assessing all sites that were submitted, and these assessments will inform the development of the next LDP.

The LDP will be subject to full public consultation, with the first stage being a Main Issues Report consultation which is expected to take place around spring 2017. This will enable full public engagement on the key issues that the LDP will need to address, including on matters such as the amount of development land required and the most appropriate locations for any new development allocations.

For more information, email us at [email protected] or phone us on 01479 873 535.

Alternatively, you can write to us at:

Cairngorms National Park Authority, 14 The Square, Grantown-on-Spey, PH26 3HG.

Do you have any other questions?

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