Affordable housing boost for Cairngorms National Park

Grantown-on-SpeySixty new homes are set to be built in the Cairngorms National Park after three separate planning applications were given the go ahead for Grantown-on-Spey.

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) approved an application from Seafield & Strathspey Estates for a development of 43 plots and associated works close to the town’s Seafield Avenue as well as a related application from the Highland Council for 10 affordable homes on a neighbouring plot close to Beachan Court.

A third application from the owners of the Seafield Lodge Hotel to convert their property into six flats and one house was also approved.

The two developments between Seafield Avenue and Beachan Court are on areas designated for housing in the Local Development Plan and were recommended for approval by planning officers.

The Seafield Lodge Hotel application will also provide two affordable properties for Grantown, with the loss of this small-scale tourism accommodation not thought to be significantly detrimental to the town.

Eleanor Mackintosh, the CNPA planning committee convener, said: “After thorough consideration of all the issues concerned with these three applications before us today, I am happy to support them. They are appropriate in their nature and I obviously welcome the provision of new affordable homes in Grantown.”

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