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Short-Term Let Control Area – Badenoch and Strathspey (Ward 20)

February 2024 update

In accordance with the Highland Council Committee decision on 14 December 2023, the Council now formally publishes the statutory advert required to bring into force the Ward 20 Short-term Let Control Area.

This advert has also been placed in the local press.

The Short-term Let Control Area brings into force the requirement to obtain planning permission before a dwellinghouse can be used for short-term letting (as defined in the Act and Regulations) within Ward 20. The entire Ward 20 area is covered by this requirement, a map of ward 20 can be downloaded.

As agreed with the Elected Members and ahead of the introduction of the Control Area on Monday 4 March 2024, the Council is organising a number of information session, with each session open to short-term let operators and the public to attend.

One of the sessions will be hosted online, whilst the other two will be in-person events. Each event should last approximately two hours and details of each are outlined below:

  • Online meeting at 3pm on 22nd February 2024 – this will be hosted on Microsoft Teams (external link) – If you can’t access via the link the Meeting ID is: 325 223 585 735 and the Passcode is: TTuJzy. The session will be recorded and made available online afterwards for those who are not able to attend at the time.
  • In-person meeting in Aviemore Library at 2pm on 28th February 2024
  • In-person meeting in Aviemore Library at 7pm on 28th February 2024

The Highland Council have received a large number of applications for planning permission and certificates of lawfulness as a result of the proposal to create the Short-term Let Control Area and the obligations for operators under The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Short-term Lets) Order 2022.

The Council will be contacting applicants directly to explain the options and process moving forward. As the information sessions are open for anyone to attend, the Council will not be discussing individual planning and/or licensing applications during the information sessions. Any queries on these, should go through the normal communication channels.

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