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Supplementary Planning Guidance documents now available for consultation

24th May 2010

A number of supplementary planning guidance documents have been put out for consultation today (Monday 24 May 2010 which will support the Cairngorms National Park Local Plan when it is adopted.

These draft documents provide additional information and guidance to help everyone understand the policies in the Local Plan and ensure that their developments meet the requirements of the policies. A variety of issues are covered in the guidance from the importance of good quality, sustainable design of all new developments to how the provision of affordable housing will be assessed.

The supplementary planning guidance documents, and associated SEA Environmental Reports, are currently out for public consultation, from Monday 24 May to Friday 24 September 2010. As well as the Sustainable Design Guide, documents covering water resources, affordable housing and natural heritage are covered as well as development briefs for sites at Newtonmore, Grantown-on-Spey, Dulnain Bridge and Kincraig.

CNPA board member and planning committee convener Duncan Bryden said: “The Cairngorms National Park Authority welcome comments and feedback on the contents of the supplementary planning guidance and we hope as many people as possible take this opportunity to give us their views.”

Work is ongoing to produce guidance on a variety of other topics and these will be available for public consultation later in 2010.

A number of SEA Environmental Reports have also been prepared. These result from a Strategic Environmental Assessment being carried out on specific supplementary planning guidance documents.

People can download the documents and complete a comments form on the CNPA website at or they can obtain copies by contacting the CNPA offices in Grantown-on-Spey or Ballater. A number of Highland, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Angus council service points also have copies that can be viewed during their normal opening times.

Further information in the first instance can be obtained from the Cairngorms National Park Authority Planning Office, Albert Memorial Hall, Station Square, Ballater, AB35 5QB. Tel: 013397 53601.