The new planned settlement at An Camas Mòr will have its own sense of place and time, but will follow the same principles as the widely celebrated, planned town of Grantown on Spey.
That was the message from Johnnie Grant of Rothiemurchus at a well-attended talk arranged as part of the celebrations to mark the founding of the town 250 years ago.
He had been asked to discuss whether it is possible to build a settlement as good as Grantown, given modern day bureaucracy?
And his response was “yes, despite all the rules and regulations”.
“The key to excellent planning is to understand the lives of the people who will live and work there, how they will use buildings and importantly the space between buildings. Successful communities are designed for people to get to know and support each other and that has been designed into An Camas Mòr from the start.
Twenty first century changes at An Camas Mòr include thinking about how to accommodate sports equipment and the transformation of insulation.
But as Johnnie explained, people have told us they still like a real fire providing it is in a state of the art log stove!”
“The need for affordable housing for people working locally has been demonstrated time and again. For example we need to provide homes for people who look after visitors to the National Park. In the tourism industry, many people work split shifts and commuting long distances is simply not an option – their homes need to be close by. Good planning responds to these kinds of local needs.”
Johnnie was asked how to stop it becoming a place full of holiday homes and he explained that it was very difficult to get a mortgage if there were constraints on the use of a home so this has to be tackled by design.
The plans include reference to the design of the streets being suited to full time occupation, not holiday or retirement homes, the inclusion of a high proportion of affordable homes to rent and rent to buy for full time tenants. They are highly likely to stay there and help maintain the feeling of a lively community, with the provision of apartments and lower density plots on the periphery that may be relatively more attractive as second and retirement homes.
Two new images of what the planned town could look like - one of a street and one of square – were unveiled as part of the presentation.
An Camas Mòr is a planned settlement near Aviemore. Planning Permission in Principle was granted by Cairngorm National Park Authority in March 2014.
The community of up to 1500 homes, work space and community facilities, is planned to be built in phases over the next 25 years, with 80 of the first 200 houses planned to be affordable homes.
An Camas Mòr has been recognised as an exemplar of best planning under the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Communities Initiative (SSCI).
For more information contact Jane Cumming at Platform PR on 01463 783018 or 07900 917142.
PRESS STATEMENT - THURSDAY 18/12/14
An Camas Mòr update Aviemore Community Council
At its meeting on Thursday night Aviemore Community Council confirmed its support for An Camas Mòr, the planned community at Rothiemurchus.
The community of up to 1500 homes, as well as work space and community facilities, will be built in phases, with 80 of the first 200 houses planned to be affordable homes.
Johnnie Grant of Rothiemurchus was at the meeting to give members an update on the work that is being prepared to meet the requirements of the next stage in the planning process and to establish what consultation might be appropriate.
An Camas Mor LLP is progressing plans with the help of a newly appointed planning adviser who has experience of establishing new communities.
As Johnnie Grant said: “We appreciate the local community’s patience in what has been a long process. It’s more important to get it right than to get it started quickly – we are not planning to cut corners to create something that is of a lesser standard than what was originally envisaged. This is an outstanding location and it needs any development to be thought through very carefully and be of a design quality which is similarly outstanding. That means we have undertaken a thorough and rigorous process.”
“We are pleased that An Camas Mòr is moving forward and we’re particularly delighted the Local Development Plan Reporter supported the project and our plans to provide around 50 homes per year together with employment and community facilities from 2016.”
Planning Permission in Principle for An Camas Mòr was issued by the Cairngorms National Park Authority in March 2014 and the next step is the application for the Landscape and Ecology masterplan, the Masterplan and the Recreation Management Plan. Further information can be seen on www.ancamasmor.com
David Sim of Gehl Architects, who led the workshops and pubic consultation meetings in 2008-2010, will continue to be involved in the long term to ensure there is general understanding of the plan and that it is delivered according to the aspirations. Work is underway on the Recreation Plan, using the expertise of Chris York of Walking the Talk. The plan will ensure there are plenty of opportunities for residents to enjoy the outdoors responsibly and will sit alongside the Residential Travel Plan which will consider options for public transport including the provision of a new bus service or altering the timetable of existing services.
Johnnie Grant sought views on future consultation, explaining: “For An Camas Mòr to succeed we need the community to continue its involvement – David Sim’s work has been based on the views of all the public meetings so valiantly attended by many, even in driving snow."
“The last public meeting led by David Sim was held in September 2010 and the pre application meeting for the submission of the Implementation Masterplan was held in December 2011. That was some time ago and if you have suggestions as to how we can best keep people informed and gather their views that would be helpful.”
After discussion, and in view of all the previous consultation, it was recommended that further consultation would not be necessary at this stage, but an easy to read leaflet explaining the proposal would be welcome.
An Camas Mòr will have a very small footprint with everything close together so that walking will be the preferred method of transport. Also there are plans for good off road paths like the Old Logging Way to Inverdruie and Aviemore. Together with the proposed community park area and other nearby paths and woods, there will be plenty of space for recreation close to home and outside the built area.
The development will also help address the shortage of affordable housing in the area. Surveys carried out by the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust and Rettie established there is a demand for at least 30 social and 50 mid market rent homes in the first phase of 200 that should be completed within four years starting on site. This would have a significant impact on the waiting lists and the demand that has built up from people in local jobs.”
The project has been recognised by the Scottish Government as an exemplar in its Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative and significant levels of cooperation will be required from the public and private sectors to help integrate the new community into the area. The planning combines inspirational design with carbon emission reduction and creates opportunities for healthier, more active and environmentally responsible lifestyles. It will appeal to a wide range of people as its homes will cater for all ages and family stages and it will be attractive to people who can create more wealth and jobs in the local area.
Issued on behalf of An Camas Mòr by Platform PR. For more information contact Jane Cumming or Jenny MacPherson on 01463 783018 or 07900 917142
PRESS STATEMENT - WEDNESDAY 11/06/14
An Camas Mòr Implementation Masterplan submitted
The Implementation Masterplan for An Camas Mòr – the new sustainable community proposed near Aviemore – has been submitted to the Highland Council and called in by the Cairngorms National Park Authority. This is the next step for the project originally proposed by Aviemore and Vicinity Community Council and then taken forward by Rothiemurchus Estate.
The community of up to 1500 homes, as well as work space and community facilities, will be built in phases, with 80 of the first 200 houses planned to be affordable homes.
Johnnie Grant of An Camas Mòr welcomed the submission saying: “We’re delighted to have reached what is a very important step on the way to creating a community that reflects the special nature of its environment.
“We’re also sure this will be welcome news for many young people in the area, particularly families, who have been struggling to get on the housing ladder. There is a chronic shortage of affordable housing in Badenoch and Strathspey and this will help to alleviate the problem.”
The project has continued to evolve over time. The Implementation Masterplan produced by AREA and Ian White Associates takes forward the Proposed Masterplan Report by Gehl Architects that was submitted when ACM applied for Planning Permission in Principle in May 2009.
Matthew Benson of Rettie & Co who have been appointed to lead a team of property and engineering experts said “This takes the project to the next important phase in and begins to put shape to the community envisaged some 25 years ago. Over the next few months we are looking forward to working with a range of potential delivery partners, both local and from further afield, who are interested in turning this vision into reality.
“We are delighted that all the stakeholders from the Community Council through CNPA, HIE and Highland Council are committed to making suret this project is worthy of its unique location and becomes the project that was envisaged when it was selected as one of the Scottish Sustainable Communities exemplars. We now look forward to working with them to turn the vision into reality."
At this stage approval is needed for the Landscape and Ecology Method Statement which details the procedures by which the Implementation Masterplan will be delivered, both during the construction period and through long-term management as well as the overall physical framework - the main road connections and principles for example for lighting, choice of materials and utility services. It allows for a mixed residential and business community whilst anticipating a gradually evolving community that will grow and establish itself organically over time, fully integrated with the wider community.
Should permission be granted it will be followed by the submission of the Detailed Application. This will include drawings of houses and other premises in accordance with the principles set out in this Implementation Masterplan.
Place-making is about designing places where people will be safe, happy and have a good quality of life. A new community in a National Park requires specialist place-making skills - engineers have just been appointed to work with The Highland Council to the new standard of “Designing Streets” which is now supported by the Council These are important for the cohesion of a new community.
An Camas Mòr is a planned and sustainable community of up to 1500 homes with work space and community facilities. Up to eighty homes in the first phase of 200 will be affordable homes.
The project has been recognised by the Scottish Government as an exemplar in its Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative. The planning combines inspirational design with carbon emission reduction and creates opportunities for healthier, more active and environmentally responsible lifestyles. It will appeal to a wide range of people as its homes will cater for all ages and family stages and it will be attractive to people who can create more wealth and jobs in the local area.
Issued on behalf of An Camas Mòr by Platform PR. For more information contact Jenny MacPherson on 01463 783018 or 07900 917143 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
PRESS STATEMENT - WEDNESDAY 21/11/12
An Camas Mòr measures the demand for affordable housing
The demand for affordable rented housing in Badenoch and Strathspey is to be measured in the coming weeks.
Developers of An Camas Mòr, near Aviemore are working with the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust as part of their preparations for the new planned community, chosen as one of eleven exemplars of well designed settlements identified across Scotland to include a wide range of housing to suit all needs.
And they’re urging people who’ve been unable to find suitable homes in the area to come forward and complete the survey.
Johnnie Grant of Rothiemurchus said: “We have taken forward the vision for this new community that will stand the test of time and benefit the area for the long term because we have long been aware of the shortage of affordable accommodation in the Aviemore area. We want to provide affordable rented housing some of which will offer the opportunity to buy in the longer term, as an important part of the mix of homes. To help this to happen we need to demonstrate the demand to The Highland Council and the Scottish Government, hence the need for a survey.”
Kenny Shand of Springfield Properties PLC said “We know from experience that people travel to work here from as far away as the Moray Coast as well as Inverness because of the shortage of housing locally, so we are keen to get a view of the current housing situation from across the areas.”
The need for a planned long term expansion of Aviemore was identified by the Community Council over twenty years ago when they realised that housing provision and services were not developing in a balanced way. They have continued to support An Camas Mòr long term plan for a sustainable community of up to 1500 homes with work space and community facilities.
From the outset there has been an aspiration that 40% of the houses would be offered through a range of affordable housing options including rental and lower cost purchase schemes such as shared ownership.
At the request of the developers and The Highland Council the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust will be writing next week to all on the Housing List for the Aviemore area to gauge the level of demand for mid-market rented properties which are based on a percentage of the maximum payable in housing benefit – currently around £404 per month for a two bedroom house. They’re also contacting people on the housing waiting list and housing associations.
But as Matthew Benson of Rettie and Co explained not everybody is on the housing waiting list: “We know that lots of people don’t put their name on the waiting list but just make do and stay with relatives or travel long distances to work. We would urge them to get in touch and fill in a form so we can assess the true level of demand in the area.”
An Camas Mòr will appeal to a wide range of people as its homes will cater for all ages and family stages. An Camas Mòr has been recognised by the Scottish Government as an exemplar in its Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative. The planning combines inspirational design with carbon emission reduction and creates opportunities for healthier, more active and environmentally responsible
Homes for Scotland are widely quoted stating that 'Today’s new homes are 70% more energy efficient than 1990 levels and currently built to some of the highest technical standards in Europe.' with the 2013 standards being even higher.
“For far too long Aviemore has had a reputation for a shortage of housing for local people; this is the first opportunity to change that so if you are one of those who needs somewhere to live or think you might do so in the next few years please help by completing this survey” said Johnnie.
The outcome a of a recent judicial review means that a long held ambition of the local community in Aviemore can move forward, bringing to fruition in An Camas Mòr a development recognised as following best planning practice by Scottish Government’s Sustainable Communities Initiative.
Rothiemurchus Estate and Springfield Properties are working in partnership with the local community and the Cairngorms National Park Authority to deliver balanced expansion which addresses housing need on a 200 acre site on the banks of the Spey opposite Aviemore. The range of new homes proposed will appeal to all incomes, ages and family stages and include homes with associated ‘home work’ spaces.
The wider plan includes community and commercial opportunities with office and leisure buildings in carefully planned and landscaped surroundings.
Following the outcome of the review Johnnie Grant from Rothiemurchus said:
“We believe we can now realise the community’s long held vision of a balanced and sustainable new community sensitive to its setting in this outstandingly beautiful and very precious part of the world. Our aim is to create a wonderful place to live which, through careful planning, will offer the opportunity for healthier, more active and environmental friendly living and will meet the aspirations of the people who choose to live and work in this area. For too long there has been a desperate need for good quality housing, including lower cost housing, and this will help to address that problem.”
As a local family owned company with family values Springfield Properties have been identified as being able to commit to the challenges and responsibilities of building new homes in a national park. Kenny Shand, land Director at Springfield is pleased with the outcome of the review,
“This is good news for us and we will start work as soon as possible to create what will be a balanced expansion of the existing community with a wide range of houses to suit different lifestyles and households. We already have a strong reputation for delivering quality and choice for customers and this will be an opportunity to build on that by creating a world class community in a world class setting.
Planning permission in Principle has already been granted, subject to a Section 75 agreement, which is close to conclusion. We will be submitting further ecology, landscape, and masterplan details to address the terms of this planning consent.
In addition to this work a detailed planning application will be submitted before the yearend for the first 200 houses as well as provision for shops and businesses on the first section of the new High Street.”
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PRESS STATEMENT - FRIDAY 21/09/12
Our Press Statement is:
RESPONSE TO OUTCOME OF CNPA JUDICIAL REVIEW
Johnnie Grant from Rothiemurchus said:
"We believe we can now realise the community’s long held vision of a balanced and sustainable new community sensitive to its setting in this outstandingly beautiful and very precious part of the world. Our aim is to create a wonderful place to live which, through careful planning, will offer the opportunity for healthier, more active and environmental friendly living and will meet the aspirations of the people who choose to live and work in this area. For too long there has been a desperate need for good quality housing, including lower cost housing, and this will help to address that problem.”
Kenny Shand, Land Director from Springfield said:
“This is great news for us and we will start work as soon as possible to create what will be a balanced expansion of the existing community with a wide range of houses to suit different lifestyles and households. We already have a strong reputation for delivering quality and choice for customers and this will be an opportunity to build on that by creating a world class community in a world class setting.”
Paul Easto, CEO of Wilderness Scotland and Wilderness Journeys said:
"One of the factors in choosing to relocate our business to the area was the long term vision for a new sustainable community and the opportunities it offered in terms of office location, related commercial development and greater choice of affordable housing from an employee perspective."
“We are very pleased to hear that this is now proceeding”
Issued on behalf of An Camas Mòr by Platform PR. For more information contact Jane Cumming at Platform PR on 01463 783018 or 07900 917142.
Notes to Editors
Aviemore is one of Scotland’s fastest growing communities. An Camas Mòr lies across the River Spey and the new community was originally proposed in 1989 by Aviemore and Vicinity Council 1989 supported by The Highland Regional Council and consistently supported by both. In 2009 An Camas Mòr was selected by the Scottish Government as one of eleven proposed Scottish Sustainable Communities.
Wilderness Journeys and Wilderness Scotland, are growing, five star and National Geographic Adventure award winning companies, recently relocated to Rothiemurchus from Edinburgh, having considered options in Perthshire and the Highlands. This was partly because the ACM ethos and vision fitted with his companies’ and team’s vision for living, growing their company and bringing up their families.
Cairngorms National Park Authority Press Statement is
Duncan Bryden, Convener of the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) said:
“We very much welcome Lord Glennie’s decision to reject all of the grounds on which the adoption of the Local Plan was challenged in this appeal."
“We are pleased that the judgement confirms that the adoption of the Local Plan was carried out correctly, and that the Local Plan will now remain intact in its entirety.”
“The judgment is very detailed and comprehensive and we will take the time to study it over the coming days."
“This decision will provide clarification of the law in relation to Scottish National Parks which will help the Park Authority and all stakeholders in the Park to deliver the four aims of the Park for the benefit of people and nature.”
PRESS RELEASE - WEDNESDAY 15/06/2011
AN CAMAS MOR NAMES SPRINGFIELD TO LEAD THE WAY
SCOTTISH builder Springfield Properties has been chosen as the development partner for the first phase of An Camas Mòr, the innovative new community planned for the Cairngorms National Park. To visit Springfield's website click here.
The Elgin-based developer will join the An Camas Mòr consortium, led by Rothiemurchus Estate, with the responsibility for delivering the initial phase of this proposed new community comprising 80 affordable homes, 95 homes for private sale, 25 self build plots and community services.
Springfield’s role will be to finalise the masterplan for homes, business, community facilities and associated infrastructure and build the first homes according to the Proposed Masterplan Report and the terms of the decision by the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) to award Planning Permission in Principle.
An Camas Mòr, 200 acres lying within Rothiemurchus Estate to the east of the River Spey at Aviemore, will be a new community to include up to 1,500 residential units as well as opportunities for business and jobs and community facilities.
The CNPA gave unanimous approval for the plans in principle last June. An Camas Mòr is one of the 11 projects included in the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Communities initiative which encourages inspirational developments serving as exemplars of the highest quality.
The announcement is a major boost for expansion-focused Springfield, which has built over 2,000 homes in the North and North East of Scotland over the last decade.
Springfield chairman Sandy Adam said: “We know that An Camas Mòr is a project which is vital for the local community in Aviemore and the Highlands as a whole but one that has international significance for Scotland.
“At Springfield we have established a thriving business that not only builds quality homes but considers people and communities first and foremost. We will bring that ethos to An Camas Mòr.
“We know that this development will have to meet the highest, most exacting standards. We are committed to working with the community, Rothiemurchus Estate and the Cairngorms National Park Authority to deliver a new village that is fully in harmony with this uniquely beautiful and special landscape.
“The landscape will shape this development, not the other way around.”
Johnnie Grant, of Rothiemurchus Estate, said: “The vision for An Camas Mòr was first expressed by Aviemore & Vicinity Community Council in 1989 and with Aviemore now reaching its natural limits and the CNPA decision in principle it’s time to start. We will continue to work with the Community Council to ensure An Camas Mòr reaches the standards befitting Rothiemurchus, the Cairngorms National Park and this special place in which I was born, brought up and have worked for most of my life. It is encouraging that the Estate, Springfield and David Sim of Gehl Architects all have the same aim for An Camas Mòr - the creation of ‘a good habitat for people”, a place that will be a flourishing and resilient neighbourhood.
“We have chosen to work with Springfield because they are committed to sharing responsibility for the challenges of establishing a new community fit for Rothiemurchus and a National Park. They have a track record as an excellent provider of homes and facilities and they are successfully delivering affordable homes in today’s economy; we are delighted to welcome their team.”
An Camas Mòr was originally proposed by the Aviemore and Vicinity Community Council as the solution to a chronic shortage of new housing, business premises and community facilities for local people.
It is expected that work can start on site in Spring 2012.
For further information on Springfield Properties, please contact The BIG Partnership:
Kelly Paterson: 0141 333 9585 / 07882 152914
Lisa McGhee: 0141 333 9585 / 07921 333829
For further information on Rothiemurchus, please contact Rock Solid PR:
The An Camas Mòr Proposed Masterplan Report and Environmental Impact Assessment can be seen on www.ancamasmor.com
About Springfield Properties:
Springfield Properties is a family-owned company established in Elgin in 1956. Working in house-building and construction, it is the lead company in a group of firms operating in the property sector.
The company has built over 2000 homes since 1998, delivering high-quality private and social housing across the north of Scotland.
Under the leadership of Sandy Adam, grandson of the founder of Springfield, the company has grown to become one of Scotland’s largest independently-owned house builders.
In 2005, Springfield was recognised by the Virgin Atlantic Sunday Times Fast Track list as Scotland's fastest growing, profitable, private company.
About An Camas Mòr
An Camas Mòr is on the opposite bank of the River Spey to Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. Having grown from an inn and a farm to a railway junction in the 19th century, Aviemore started to expand again rapidly in 1960 following investment in the Cairngorm Mountain Ski area. Since then the area has become an all year round destination which is very attractive for tourism businesses. However, this growth was not planned and the village has now grown to fill its setting. There has been a long term Council vision for a new planned settlement to be formed across the river, brought together by a Countryside Park. Rothiemurchus Estate, the Community Council, The Highland Council and the Cairngorms National Park Authority are working together to make this happen.
“Rothiemurchus, gateway to the Cairngorms, has become a name which is etched deep in the consciousness of Scotland and which holds an exceptional place in the natural history of the nation” Magnus Magnusson
For centuries nature and people have lived in harmony in Rothiemurchus. At its heart lies one of the largest areas of natural forest in Britain with the extraordinary variety of wildlife that depends on it to survive. This amazing environment is in such excellent condition today due to the dedication of the Grants of Rothiemurchus and other local families, that have protected and cared for the forest for four hundred and fifty years.
Today, any surplus that this family owned estate earns from activities, car parking, shops, farming, forestry and other commercial activities is spent on the care of the estate to enable sustainable stewardship of the forest for wildlife to thrive and you to enjoy.
Rothiemurchus Estate is supporting both An Camas Mòr and the proposed new Aviemore Countryside Park including the River Spey that would bring the two communities together.
Newsflash - thursday 10/03/2011
An Camas Mòr team thanks the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative for its support and advice; please see our page on the SSCI site.
As part of this initiative Rettie and Co are preparing reports on the following (available here as drafts):
1. Project Resonance - making housing affordable.
2. Energy Use Reduction - lowering the carbon footprint.
additional info - FRIDAY 11/06/2010
Planning Permission in Principle with conditions was granted for the An Camas Mòr proposal on Friday 11th June 2010. The next steps include the preparation of a Landscape and Ecology Plan together with a Masterplan for approval of the Cairngorms National Park Authority. It is hoped that the first homes will be ready for occupation in 2012; the first phase is expected to include 150 affordable homes prioritised for those on local housing lists and 50 for the open market.
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additional info - 23/03/2010
Please note - additional information was provided on 23rd March 2010.
It is listed on The Application or can be accessed by clicking here
An Camas Mòr is one of 11 applications selected as an exemplar sustainable community out of 70 by the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative, announced by Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP.