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Cairngorms extends permission for 1,500-home community

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Cairngorms National Park Authority has approved planning permission in principle for a new 1,500-home community for a further three years.

The approval will also see business and community facilities built, as well necessary infrastructure established at the site at An Camas Mòr.

It follows a Section 42 application to vary a condition of the previously granted consent in March 2014.

Applicants An Camas Mòr LLP applied to vary the wording of condition one. This restricts development to 630 new homes until a review of the impact the development is having on the land and ecology is completed.

The new application sought to create a more clearly phased development with extended time scales for the submission of future detailed information.

Planning officers for the park recommended the application for approval, noting that there had been no significant changes to policy or circumstances since the original approval.

Gavin Miles, head of planning and communities said: “Having appraised the application, the proposed development is acceptable and complies with local development plan policies. We are, however, recommending a suite of conditions and other measures that will manage the development. There is a requirement for the applicant to demonstrate that there is not a significant impact on landscape and ecology and to prove there will be no significant adverse effects to capercaillie in Badenoch and Strathspey as a result of the proposals before any development can start.”

A change to a different condition instructs that a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists should be delivered before 200 homes are occupied.

Documents from the meeting can be found on the Cairngorms National Park Authority website.

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