Another extract from the speech by Jim McKinnon, Chief Planner to the Scottish Government, when he opened the Sandown Charrette last Monday night:
"I’m not very keen on the term charrette, to be perfectly honest, and I wish I could find something better. And trying to explain to the First Minister and the Cabinet Secretary what a Charrette was, wasn’t that easy and trying to get him to commit to it, but interestingly our ministers have got really interested and enthusiastic about it. They see it as a really good way of engaging with local communities. It is interactive in which the public and local professionals work directly with the design team to generate a specific master plan.
You guys have probably been used to Highland Council coming along and saying here’s a plan what do you think of it? You might be used to a developer saying here’s a plan what do you think of it? This is very different, this is a plot of land, a large plot of land. I was astonished how big it is. It’s allocated for development. You could actually shape the future of Nairn if you do this properly or you can just do it on a site by site basis and that I’m afraid is what we’ve done far too often in the past. So the starting point is the site, its technical constraints but also its opportunities. What views across to the Black Isle and down to