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Planning in the National Parks

Within Perth and Kinross there are two areas that are also within National Parks, the planning system within these areas differs from the rest of Perth and Kinross.

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

A small part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is within our area.  Within that area the National Park Authority has planning powers to decide all planning and related applications. The Park Authority also prepares and adopts the Local Development Plan for the area.

If you are thinking of applying for planning permission, listed building consent, advertisement consent, or wish to view planning applications submitted to the Park Authority you should go to

Cairngorms National Park

The Park Authority is responsible for preparing and adopting its own Local Development Plan 2015 for the area. However, the Development Management process in the National Park is unique in the United Kingdom.

You should still make a planning application to the Council. Once an application is lodged, the Park Authority has 21 days to decide if the application raises issues of significance to the Park.

If an application does raise such issues, then the Park Authority will take responsibility for deciding the application. If not, we will make the decision.  While the Park Authority may decide to determine the application it does not mean that it objects to it, just that it is important to the area. For more information on this visit the Park Authorities page on making an application.