Changes out­lined for park’s plans

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS -

A new blue­print for de­vel­op­ment in the Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park is poised to move another step for­ward.

The board of the park au­thor­ity will be asked to give the go-ahead to the first for­mal con­sul­ta­tion on the new lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plan (LDP). The Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park LDP is the start­ing point in mak­ing any plan­ning de­ci­sions, set­ting out how places should change or stay the same and the best lo­ca­tion for new homes, busi­nesses and public ser­vices.

Meet­ing in Boat of Garten on Fri­day, the board will be asked to give the go-ahead to a con­sul­ta­tion which is ex­pected to start in Novem­ber.

Gavin Miles, head of plan­ning and com­mu­ni­ties at the CNPA com­mented: “Although we ex­pect to carry for­ward many of the sites and poli­cies of the cur­rent LDP, we are propos­ing to make some sig­nif­i­cant changes in the new plan.

“Prob­a­bly one of the biggest changes is to our af­ford­able hous­ing pol­icy – we are propos­ing to in­crease the num­ber of af­ford­able homes in de­vel­op­ments from 25% to up to 45% in ar­eas where there is great­est need.”

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