New town of 1,500 homes near Aviemore recommended for approval

ACM-700x416Plans for a new community to the east of Aviemore are expected to get the final seal of approval from the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) this week.

Planning Permission in Principle (PPiP) was granted in March 2014 for a new community of 1,500 homes as well as business and community facilities and the necessary infrastructure at An Camas Mòr.

But the developers have now applied to vary a condition of the plans which they say will allow for a more phased approach to the development.

Condition one, as approved, states that no development beyond 630 homes will take place until the developer completes a review of the impact of the development, up to that stage, on landscape and ecology.

But the developer wants to change the wording of the condition to allow a Site-wide Phasing Plan to be submitted instead.

CNPA’s planning committee will consider the application on Friday and planners have recommended approval subject to “appropriate conditions”.

Gavin Miles, head of planning and communities at the CNPA, said: “Having assessed the Section 42 application, we are recommending that our Planning Committee approve it subject to appropriate conditions. There have been no significant changes to policy or circumstances since the Planning Permission in Principle was granted in 2014, though we have better information on the potential impacts of people living in the new development on European Protected Sites and capercaillie.

“We consider the changes proposed by the applicant to be acceptable but are recommending a suite of conditions and other measures that will manage the development and require the applicant to prove there will not be any adverse effects to capercaillie in Badenoch and Strathspey as a result of the proposals before any development can start.”