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Highland Council Planning Policy Consultation

The Highland Council is consulting on draft planning policies to support the Badenoch and Strathspey Short-term Let Control Area. This consultation will help inform the policies to be used in the Planning Control Area now that is has been approved by Scottish Ministers.

See more on the Planning Control Area.

“The policies have been developed to control short-term secondary letting across Ward 20 to help tackle the rural housing crisis and support rural communities.

“The proposed policies can be viewed and commented upon on the Council consultation page – https://consult.highland.gov.uk/kse/.   All comments received will be considered and used to finalise the policy.   Comments must be submitted in writing no later than 3rd February 2023.  The consultation period has been extended from six weeks to 8 weeks to accommodate the festive period.

“The Highland Council is currently only the second Local Authority in Scotland to be proposing the establishment of a Short-term Let Control Area, after Edinburgh Council commenced their Short-term Let Control Area in September 2022.

“A Control Area is not a ban on Short Term Let and would not change the planning rules around certain type of accommodation.   This consultation is also not related to the recent the Scottish Government announcement for all forms of Short-term Lets to be licensed by April 2024.

“For further information, please visit www.highland.gov.uk/stlcontrolarea  or contact the Highland Council, Development Plans Team on devplans@highland.gov.uk”

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