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Protests over housing development in the Cairngorms National Park

05/03/2013 15:57:30

The developments in the Cairngorms National Park would destroy foraging habitat for Blaeberry bumblebee (Bombus monticola) © Steven Falk

Charities unite to save wildlife threatened by housing development in the Cairngorms National Park
March 2013. Wildlife charities, Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, Badenoch & Strathspey Conservation Group (BSCG), The Cairngorms Campaign and The Scottish Campaign for National Parks (SCNP) are all objecting to housing developments on four sites in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

New town & 1,500 houses
The charities are objecting to the creation of a new town of 1,500 houses at An Camas Mor near Aviemore and a significant number of ‘holiday homes' at Nethy Bridge, Kingussie and Carrbridge and are launching ‘Safeguard the Cairngorms to raise £30,000 to help fund the legal appeal.

The housing developments have been allocated in the Local Plan without appropriate assessment of the potential adverse impacts on wildlife. The Cairngorms National Park has deferred the assessments to the later stages in the planning process.

Craig Macadam, Buglife Scotland Director said "To consider developing on these sites without proper assessment of the potential adverse impacts on wildlife is unacceptable. The proposed development sites are home to Scotland's rare and endangered wildlife including Narrow-headed ant, Blaeberry bumblebee, Scottish wildcat and Red squirrels".

The charities will be attending the legal hearing on 12 March to challenge the Cairngorms National Parks Authority.

Gus Jones, Lead spokesperson for BSCG said "We want to safeguard the treasured landscape of the Cairngorms National Park for future generations. Please support our legal appeal by making a donation towards our legal costs at".

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Litter ......

Once there are a few houses and lots of cars, litter will spread everywhere. All those crisp packets,drink cans and bottles and fast food cartons will be down the river druie and spey. So many communities now have litter teams. Do we have one ready for An Camas Mor so we can really frighten the wildlife away? Or are we training everyone here to be different? It is a crazy project that can only bring disaster.

Posted by: David Dickie | 18 Mar 2013 21:06:28

mark rice cairngorms

We started going to Scotland about 8 years ago,mainly for the
wildlife and scenery. As we are from Somerset we know the damage new developments can create,yes people have to live somewhere but you would think an area with so much natural beauty would want to be kept exactly like that with the local people.We are so worried about losing wildlife etc yet still we want to put up areas to create the one problem we want to eradicate.I would imagine in the end its all down to the money that someone will make from this,someone who probably spends holiday abroad rather than appreciating what is in our own country.

Posted by: mark riceDip GD | 08 Mar 2013 13:34:21


i spend a lot of time and cash in the west coast of scotland, on wildlife holidays. aviemore in my opinion has about as much as attraction as some hick american outback. as we head north from there,hotels are springing up , as are houses.. the money scotland gets from tourism ,especially wildife tourism could be lost if this sprawl continues. cant we have some part of this island where wild spaces are left alone, and people, and wild life can enjoy some peace.

Posted by: dee donworth | 08 Mar 2013 11:34:50

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