An expert report they’ve commissioned concludes that a highly unusual direction issued by government planning chief, John McNairney, to the Cairngorm National Park Authority is ”unreasonable”, “incorrect” and “wrong” – and should be withdrawn.
McNairney ordered the park authority last month to reverse a previous decision not to zone woodland at Carrbridge for housing in its local development plan. This could mean that the land available for new homes in the village will double, increasing the number of dwellings from 36 to 72 or maybe more.
Now nine wildlife and countryside groups have written to McNairney. “The direction and the whole basis for it is wrong,” they say. “The direction is therefore flawed and should be withdrawn.”
This is the latest stage in a fierce and long-running battle over housing developments in the Cairngorms park. Local politicians argue that affordable new homes are needed, while conservationists say that precious wildlife sites must be protected.