Nairn Suburban Community Council have published the results of their Sandown Development brief meeting held on the 30th of August 2011. On their wish list are a Community Facility, a Tourist Information Office manned by volunteers and an office for wildlife and countryside rangers to work from. They also wish to see play areas, and a wetlands area and park. Allotments are on the agenda too and as far as housing goes they state:
"All housing developments in the fields north of the A96 should be clearly thought out. The community does not want developer led proposals of expensive properties and tall unsuitable blocks of flats. Local people and families require "village" or "community" designed houses. The site lends itself to low, single storied or one and a half storied buildings to maintain attractive vistas and landscape. The environmental corridors will maintain the concept of depth and distance."
As far as a business park goes that is a "non-starter" for the NSCC given the current climate, they correctly state that once the Dalcross Business Park gets under way there will be little call for a business park in Nairn.
There's plenty more sensible opinion and detail about the options they want to see go forward for Sandown in the paper they have produced. Well done the NSCC folk! This observer is sure that Gurnites will be willing to back most or all of their proposals for the Sandown Lands.