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Mountain body fights national park over homes

Posted 10 November 2011
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Mountain body fights national park over homes
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The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has appealed for members of the walking and climbing community to help fund its legal campaign against a new housing development in the Cairngorms National Park.

It is supporting pressure group the Cairngorms Campaign against what the bodies call a "major new town" being built adjacent to the village of Aviemore, a project the national park authority supports.

The blueprint would see 1,500 homes being constructed on the east bank of the River Spey at An Camas Mor, which the opponents note is only 10km from the summit of Cairn Gorm.

An estimated £50,000 will be needed to launch the legal challenge.

However, some who like to head up the mountains with their backpacks might welcome the development, as it could help them to find a place to live in the national park, close to the mountains they enjoy walking and climbing.

Some of Britain's most popular mountains overlook towns and villages of significant size, such as Ben Nevis (Fort William), Skiddaw (Keswick) and Snowdon (Llanberis).