In the light of the Reporter's dismissal of the Appeal by Deveron Highland Ltd for a 550 units development on Sandown Common Good Lands at Nairn I offer the following Press Release from the Nairn Residents Concern Group:
The NRCG, a small tight knit group of residents, are delighted to have been rewarded with a favourable decision, which makes the many hours spent getting to this result the more satisfying. The Reporter's conclusions are totally in tandem with those submitted in arguments at the Appeal Hearing by both THC and the NRCG, on behalf of the many Nairn residents, who objected to this development, namely; non-compliance with the Development Plan; the scale of development would be excessive for this prominent location and would constitute overdevelopment; the likely effect of densities, building heights, and reduced structural landscaping on the character and appearance of the area would be adverse and jarring.
In particular we note that set against the Appellant's justification for the development as '.....an opportunity to construct the type of development which Ministers are pressing developers to embrace.....', the Reporter stated that: 'there was no basis for imposing a supposed government standard deriving from national policy'. The decision to dismiss the appeal therefore is a victory for common sense and we would hope that THC will now seek to ensure that any development on Sandown Common Good Land, is in keeping with the Reporter's observations, and, that it especially retains the common good aspects of the area, that are clearly defended in the Local Plan.
This development was a weapon of mass construction, whose destructive potential has been unearthed, fortunately before it destabilised the Nairn environment and its gateway.
Excellent news John and an opportunity for Nairn to move forward in a sensible way and with the community deciding what is appropriate for whatever goes on the Sandown Lands and not Highland Council or developers. Let's get it right next time round!