Ministers launch new Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan
Plan includes targets to build 200 new affordable homes by 2022, alongside plans to deliver superfast broadband
Cairngorms - credit: Holyrood
Ministers have launched a new five year plan for the Cairngorms, with a focus on developing affordable housing, increasing woodland, restoring peatland and investing in walking routes.
The Cairngorms, part of the UK’s largest national park, covers the Highlands, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire, Angus and Moray.
The new Cairngorms National Park Partnership Plan includes targets to build 200 new affordable homes by 2022, alongside plans to deliver superfast broadband.
- Roseanna Cunningham vows to continue working with individual US states to fight climate change
- MSPs to consider deposit return scheme as part of investigation into waste sector
It will also aim to bring more volunteering opportunities, as well as a ‘visitor giving’ scheme to help maintain the Park’s extensive visitor infrastructure and natural heritage.
Launching the plan, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "Scotland's national parks conserve and enhance our rich natural and cultural heritage, while supporting the sustainable development local communities want and need.
"That's why I am delighted to launch the Cairngorms plan, which sets out how that balance will be achieved between now and 2022, and which has been developed in full consultation with those same communities."
Cunningham also met with the Tomintoul & Glenlivet Landscape Partnership to hear about the £3.6m rural regeneration work taking place.
With a new poll showing high public support for onshore wind, the UK Government's hostility to renewables looks ever more confusing
MSPs urged ministers to write to public bodies at the start of the reporting cycle, and at regular intervals, to remind them of their duties
Lords to question Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey over the future of chemical regulation after the UK leaves the EU
A majority of Conservative voters also backed new onshore wind developments