First home completions are currently predicted for 2022. When first adopted into the Local Plan it was scheduled to be developed from 2010 with a recommendation that trees should be planted on the site to provide shelter and screening for a new sustainable community. Most of the land was planted by 2000.

About Now: September 2019

2019: September, The Cairngorms National Park Authority has now issued the updated Planning Permission in Principle – it was applied for in February 2017 and approved with conditions in August 2017.


Next steps: 2019-2055

2019: June, the Scottish Government can confirm infrastructure finance; not yet confirmed.

2019: November, public meeting and online presence seeking comment on the plans

2019: March, masterplan submitted to the Authorities for approval

2020: June, masterplans approved

2020: Autumn, start on setting out paths and fence repairs, dog off-lead areas.

2020: October, detail of first phase plans submitted for approval

2020: December, first phase detailed plans approved

2021: March, work starts on access road and path

2021:  Autumn, builders on site

2022: Path network opens

2022: First Occupation, car parking and reception opens for visitors (1997 plan was for the first completions to be after 2009/2010)

2025: Opening of 3rd Aviemore River Spey Bridge and Countryside park providing a more direct off-road path from the centre of Aviemore.

2025: Completion of 200 homes, recreation plan, community hall, shops, workshops and public space.

2055 or beyond; completion of the new sustainable community


The fourth aim of the National Park calls for sustainable economic and social development of the area’s communities. To achieve that it is, of course, essential that we see the building of new housing necessary to provide homes for those who want, not only to work here but to build their lives here, bring up their families here, care for the Park and make this their home. For all of them, we wish to see An Camas Mòr proceed.

Fergus Ewing, MSP Inverness and Nairn,

Foreword to The Cairngorms National Park Economic Strategy 2015-2018
Fergus Eweing

History: 1989 - 2017

2017: August, Planning Permission in Principle approved with conditions.

2017: February, updated Planning Permission in Principle applied for.

2015: December, Ministers offer finance and funding for external infrastructure in principle.

2014: March, Planning Permission in Principle issued.

2010: June, Planning Permission in Principle first approved by Committee.

2009: May, submission of the planning application.

2009: Fourth public consultation on the plans.

2008: Third public meeting to comment on the latest Proposed Land Use Plan.

2008: Stakeholders workshops to discuss landscape, affordable housing, transport, sustainability, streets, public realm. A presentation was also made to ‘Architecture + Design Scotland’, who were supportive.

2006: Second public meeting where the Gehl principles and methodology of studying Life, then Spaces and then Buildings were agreed with the local community.

2005: First public meeting led by the Community Council to note the vision and consider the studies and principles for An Camas Mòr.

2004: Publication of survey report, feasibility study and technical effectiveness study by An Camas Mòr team. Local Plan public consultation meetings held by the Community Council in November confirm the need for An Camas Mòr.

1999: Cambusmore Action Group sets out the scope for survey and assessment work required to take An Camas Mòr forward.

1997: Landscape tree-planting for shelter and screening as recommended by the reporter.

1996: Adoption of Badenoch and Strathspey Local Plan after Public Inquiry set the design parameters for An Camas Mòr, to be developed from 2010.

1989: Preliminary consultation on the Badenoch and Strathspey Local Plan – Aviemore & Vicinity Community Council first identified the concept of a planned new community across the Spey to manage Aviemore’s continuing growth as a more sustainable solution than continuing northward expansion.