The South Nairn planning application has received almost 50 public comments now and this observer can report that after browsing through a lot of them there seems to be fierce opposition to the plan for 319 units (232 houses and 87 flats). Leading the fight against the proposals are many of the residents of Firhall Village. Objectors complain that the B9091 Balblair Road and the B9090 Cawdor Road are not suitable for more traffic and elaborate about the deficiencies of the Railway bridge area for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists on the Cawdor Road. The loss of agricultural land and the danger to wildlife are other factors. Others ask where the jobs would come from to provide employment to the proposed residents of Nairn South. The proximity to Gordons sawmill is also mentioned.
There is one objector calling for the development to be sited in another part of town where access is not a problem. (given Nairn’s traffic problems this observer wonders just where that could be?). Mention is made of a ‘plethora of houses for sale’ in the area – there certainly seems to be quite a few and the prices of rentals seem to be falling too (in this untrained observer’s opinion).
The density of the proposed development is compared with that of Firhall, which some no doubt feel should be a bench mark for all new development on this side of town. And then there is the potential disturbance to residents of Firhall which one objector describes:
“We moved to Firhall Village for peace and quiet, which we have at the moment, but if this development goes ahead it will ruin our life completely.’ This is expanded upon further into the objection:
“At present our little community is well kept, no noise, litter of dog feces (sic) to be seen anywhere. If this project is built we will suffer the consequences of lots of families walking through our area to get to the river, leaving the litter, creating noise, and in general ruining the reason we live in Firhall Village.”
Some, perhaps, might feel annoyed by such a sense of desired isolation but that’s what they paid for and that’s what they want to keep at Firhall. It is understandable that they want to fight their corner to preserve that.
One wonders, however, in the long-term, if Firhall is just simply too close to the town. One day Nairn will grow and that field opposite Firhall may well be built on but in the meantime the reasons cited in these objections will give our councillors much food for thought and more objections may be received yet as the application has been readvertised in this week’s Nairnshire.
This observer has looked through most of the comments received and hasn’t found one submission in favour of the scheme yet. There is a comprehensive call for rejection from River Community Council, West is waiting for a copy of River’s submission before drawing up their own and this observer imagines they will side with River. Odd man out may well be Suburban this time round who will not be submitting an objection but just ‘observations’. From their meeting last week it seems that they are not opposed to the scheme.
Any Gurnites wishing to read the comments received for the application can do so here. Click on the documents tab and scroll down to see the objections. If anyone feels that they too would like to object or even support this plan then they can do so on that same page by clicking on the ‘make a comment’ tab. Anyone who lives in Nairnshire can make a comment - do you agree with the protestors or not? Why not have your say too?