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Left to right: Shona Robison, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, Mark Tate, CEO, Cairngorms Business Partnership and Kate Forbes, Highland MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy attended the housing summit in Aviemore.
Two of the objectives of the National Park Partnership Plan (NPPP) are to ensure that there is sufficient housing stock to enable people to live and work within the National Park and to ensure the private rented sector provides appropriate security of tenure for people working in the National Park.
One of the 74 responses we received on this topic in the NPPP said: “I do have concerns that there is little that can be done to control the housing availability issue without resorting to drastic changes, much sooner than suggested. The amount of second homes and Airbnb’s in the Park is already huge, and there must be urgent action in collaboration with local authorities to allow local people to fill homes in the Park, and to stem the current epidemic of housing stock being snapped up by the highest bidder.”
On Monday, the Cairngorms Business Partnership unveiled to Cabinet Secretaries Kate Forbes, Highland MSP, and Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Economy and Shona Robison, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, their plans to help alleviate the housing crisis facing workers in the Cairngorms National Park.
The summit discussed work that is currently being undertaken to help local people who want to live and work in the area and brought together significant local employers, leaders from Highland Council, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Highland Housing Alliance, Communities Housing Trust, Government Officials, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and representatives of the local community.
The formal consultation on the draft NPPP runs until Friday 17 December 2021. Responses are being gathered through physical events and digital platforms, including this web site and interactive mapping tools.