Earliest home completions are currently predicted from 2024. 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: Summer 2021
The Cairngorms National Park Authority issued the updated Planning Permission in Principle in April 2019 – it was applied for in February 2017, approved with conditions in August 2017, issued in April 2019 and is valid until April 2022.
The Scottish Government (SG) offered a grant and loan in 2015 to help fund external roads, paths, bridges and wastewater connections.
We sought confirmation of that in January 2021. SG confirmed on 8 April 2021 that Ministers remain supportive of schemes that deliver more homes, create sustainable communities and support investment in Scotland: SG indicated that, due to the passage of time and the setting up of the Scottish National Investment Bank (The Bank) we should update the business plan and apply to them for the loan.
On 15 June 2021 we replied agreeing that SG should make the introduction to The Bank. We have also asked them to confirm, in view of the special policies that apply, how they and their authorities and agencies would coordinate with the team.
Whilst in relation to previous public plans and expectations this may appear to be a long delay; we should remember that back in 1997 the Structure Plan expected An Camas Mòr to be delivered from 2005 and the current 2020-2025 Local Development Plan expects first 90 home completions by the end of 2024.
Against a background of the population of Aviemore doubling since 1960 every 18 to 20 years the fresh and inclusive approach as planned for An Camas Mòr is needed if we are ever to have a sustainable and resilient community offering a fair opportunity for people in local jobs to rent or buy a home and a step up on the housing ladder.
It has been a long wait, but the possibility of a carefully planned new community in the Cairngorms is very exciting!
Get a move on.
I’m so delighted this project is finally happening. It would be a dream come true.
Next steps: 2021-2055
2019: June, the Scottish Government can confirm infrastructure finance; not yet confirmed.
2019: August, site visit with people who registered interest in An Camas Mòr
2021: When groups are allowed to meet outside: site visit with people who have registered interest in An Camas Mòr.
When the Scottish Government has clarified its position re long term loans for the design and building of external bridges and roads we will confirm a new timetable to those signed up by email.
If confirmed before 1st September 2021 the ongoing timetable could look like this:
2021: September; informal online meeting to review the plans
2022: February; public meeting and online presence seeking comment on the plans
2022: March, masterplan submitted to the Authorities for approval
2022: June, masterplans approved
2022: Autumn, start on setting out paths and fence repairs, dog off-lead areas.
2022: October, detail of first phase plans submitted for approval
2022: December, first phase detailed plans approved
2023: March, work starts on access road and path
2023: Autumn, builders on site
2023: Path network opens
From 2024: First Occupation, car parking and reception opens for visitors (1997 plan was for the first completions to be after 2009/2010)
2027: Opening of 3rd Aviemore River Spey Bridge and Countryside park providing a more direct off-road path from the centre of Aviemore.
2027: 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.
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.