The park authority has now published a summary of the responses received to its consultation on the associated Main Issues Report. Although the document is called a summary, it is 250 pages long and, in my opinion, indigestible. This document was taken to the Planning Committee on 29th June for consideration and is available at www.cairngorms.co.uk/park-authority/planning/committee-meetings. Nothing of significance happened at the meeting and the authority will now produce a Local Development Plan for additional consultation. Next year the plan will be submitted for Examination by a Reporter after which it will be adopted by Scottish Ministers.
Comments on these sorts of documents always get lost in the process. What we hope for and look to see are small changes in tack by the Authority. A good example of changes in tack is the move to a presumption against new hill tracks and greater emphasis on interconnection of habitats on a landscape scale.
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