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Deadline extended for comments on Cairngorm masterplan document

Published: 27/08/2020

Members of the public wishing to make further contributions to the development of a masterplan for the Cairngorm mountain visitor attraction now have until 14 September to do so.

Cairngorm Estate owner, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), has responded positively to a request from stakeholders to extend the deadline, which was originally to be 31 August.

The agency’s ‘Cairngorm Mountain – Towards a vision and masterplan’ document was published on 24 July with an online questionnaire going live shortly afterwards.

The document was the result of widespread and detailed consultation carried out in February and March this year with statutory authorities, local community and stakeholder organisations across Scotland.

It’s available on the HIE website along with a link to the online survey.

The aim is to agree a consensus vision for the future of Cairngorm Estate, with strategies of varying scales that can be delivered in the short, medium and longer term.

The online survey enables people to comment on these areas, as a final stage in the masterplan’s development.

Dave Macleod, HIE’s head of property and infrastructure, said:

“We are extremely grateful to all those who have completed the survey so far. However, we also appreciate there has been a lot going on these past few weeks, with schools reopening and many people taking holidays. As a result, not everyone who wishes to do so has had the time to digest the document and complete the survey.

“Our aim is to develop a long-term way forward for Cairngorm that can achieve the strongest possible buy-in from the statutory authorities, operating company, local residents, businesses, sportspeople and visitors.

“We are very keen to get as much feedback as possible before finalising the masterplan and therefore have agreed to extend the consultation period by a further two weeks.”

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