The Park Authority board comprises of 19 members – five of whom are elected directly by voters living in the Park, seven of the Board members are appointed on the nomination of Highland, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus and Perth and Kinross Councils, and seven are directly appointed by Scottish Ministers. This ensures that there are a wide range of people on the Board representing a wide range of interests and experience.
The CNPA Board’s role is to create the strategic vision for the National Park, both for its immediate and the longer term future.
They meet every two months to discuss and make decisions on a very wide range of topics relating to the management of the National Park and its four aims. From education, access and climate change to affordable housing, tourism and the local economy, the issues are complex and the expectations of the Board high!
The CNPA Board also have a role as the Planning Committee. The Cairngorms National Park Authority shares statutory planning functions with the five local authorities within the Park boundary - Highland, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perth and Kinross. The Park Authority prepares the Local Development Plan for the National Park. The Planning Committee "call in" those planning applications which are the most significant to the four National Park aims. They then decide whether to grant planning permission or not. This is always a controversial process - people have strong views about which built development should go ahead in a National Park.