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Cairngorms set for housing rules
Avielochan cottage in the Cairngorms National Park - image courtesy of Stewart Grant/CNPA
There has been a lack of affordable housing in the park area
The Cairngorms National Park could become the first planning authority to introduce residency restrictions on new housing in the area.

Under the proposals, the authority would also have planning control over plans to turn existing residences into holiday homes.

There has been a problem in the park over the lack of affordable housing.

While the number of older people is increasing, those below 40 are set to drop by 30% over the next 20 years.

The park authority's plans include a ruling that if people want to buy a new house in the park area they should already have been a resident there for at least three years, or work there.

Officials also said any change in the use of a house to a holiday home or second home would have to have planning permission.

Watch why limits may be placed on house buying

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