Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Sandy no cap - Graham 300-350

Back to the forthcoming Sandown consultation exercise for a moment. There is an article in the Nairnshire this week with some pretty upbeat stuff from oor Sandy. He wants the community to be very much involved in this. The Nairnshire reads:

He remains confident that the Council and the community will come up with something imaginative for the lands which are owned by the Common Good.
"If we're going to do something like this. I hope to see plenty of the public participate. I don't want to see just half a dozen people coming along the public meetings."

Hopefully Sandy will get his wish and the citizens of Nairn will participate in the exercise. There is one small thing that causes a little confusion in the mind of this observer. Again the Nairnshire states:

However, Cllr Park thinks it unlikely that a cap will be imposed on the the number of houses that may be allowed in the new brief.

"That's what public consultations all about. You couldn't cap how many houses you can put on a piece of land."

Sandy gave the paper a bit more on the subject, grab a copy of the Nairnshire and see for yourself on page 5. Sandy is saying no cap but Graham Marsden has a figure in mind. As we reported earlier he is quoted in the Courier:

"We want something which is attractive and relevant to this place," said Nairn councillor Graham Marsden. "We will be looking at something in the region of 300 to 350 houses ultimately, but whether we have a business park or not has to be decided." Full article here.

When Graham says "We" does he mean the Council, the people of Nairn, or everyone together?
Did he come up with the figure of between 300-350 houses by himself or in discussions with officials and other councillors? Perhaps he'd better touch base with Sandy and sort it out.


Anonymous said...

At this early stage it is quite worrying that two Councillors are declaring their opinions on such a critical element of a development brief. I note from PAN 83 (Scottish Planning Advice Note on Master Planning)that a good brief to create a sustainable place requires key elements: high quality affordable housing; energy efficient and low carbon buildings; attractive spaces with green space; provision for biodiversity; good connections and easily accessible; support sustainable travel (walking, cycling and public transport); encourage physical activity and recreation. Have these Councillors got opinions on green space and other key elements?

Graisg said...

e-mail them and ask them anon if that bothers you.

We can have all those elements yes and more and the affordable housing too - but what use is that if Nairn can't decide who gets to live in that affordable housing?