The Cairngorms National Park Authority has called for the A9 trunk road to be upgraded as a means of improving access from elsewhere in Scotland, something that could make it easier for those who like to go walking
to reach the mountainous region.
Having met to consider the Scottish Planning Policy consultation paper, the authority made the call for the road upgrade, which it said should be classified as a national development.
The authority asserted it is also vital for planning to recognise the importance of national parks as scenic assets and "a policy basis for considering and safeguarding the integrity of the National Park designation and its special qualities" should be put in place.
The response was devised jointly with the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority, Scottish government planners, and Scottish Natural Heritage and partner planning authorities.
Visitors driving up the A9 can use it to access villages like Newtownmore, Kingussie and Aviemore, with the road linking up to Perth to the south and Inverness to the north.