Planning in the Cairngorms National Park

Within the Moray boundary there is one area that is also within the Cairngorm National Park boundary, the planning system within this areas differs from the rest of Moray.

The Park Authority is responsible for preparing and adopting its own Local Development Plan for the area. However, the Development Management process in the National Park is unique in the United Kingdom. Planning Applications should still be submitted to us. Once an application is lodged, the Park Authority has 21 days to decide if the application raises issues of significance to the Park.

If an application does raise such issues, then the Park Authority will take responsibility for deciding the application. If not, we will proceed and make the decision. While the Park Authority may decide to determine the application it does not mean that it objects to it, just that it is important to the area. For more information on this view the Park Authorities protocol.

For any breaches of planning control within the Cairngorms National Park Authority please read their Charter:

Contact Us

Development Management
Economic Growth & Development
The Moray Council
PO Box 6760, Elgin
IV30 9BX

0300 1234561

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