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National Parks in Scotland

picture of Cairngorms (c)Lorne Gill/SNH

Both of Scotland's National Parks, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs and the Cairngorms, are central to rural economic development and recreation, sustainability, and the conservation of their diverse natural habitats.

In 2008 a Strategic Review of Scotland's National Parks was undertaken. The recommendations of the Review were consulted upon between November 2008 and February 2009, with a National Parks Strategic Review Recommendations: Consultation Report published in August 2009 setting out the decisions on the Review's recommendations.

One of the decisions from the Review was that both the National Park Authority Board's should be reduced in size. This required changes to the original National Park Designation Orders. Statutory consultation on the proposal to modify the Designation Orders took place between October 2009 and January 2010. In addition to changing the Board sizes, the modification would also provide for more delegation of planning functions. A National Park Proposals: Consultation Report was issued in February 2010, confirming that Scottish Ministers intended to continue as they announced in August 2009.

A further statutory consultation on the modifications to the draft Designation Orders was then undertaken between March and May 2010. Statements to Parliament on this consultation were published for Cairngorms National Park and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park in June 2010.

In the case of Cairngorms National Park, the Modification Order also extended the boundary of the Cairngorms National Park into Perth and Kinross as recommended by the Parliament's Environment and Rural Development Committee in 2007 and proposed by Ministers in 2008. The new area within the Park as a result of this is allocated between electoral wards 1 and 5 of the Park by an Elections Order, so that the new population within the Park can vote for their elected member to the Park Board.

The Modification Orders and Elections Order were laid in Parliament on 18 June 2010 and approved by Parliament on 22 September 2010. They came into effect on 2 October 2010.

The current details of the individual members of each Park Authority and the terms of their appointment, is available on the Public Appointments web section.