The Gurn has been forwarded a copy of an e-mail going the rounds in an effort to muster objections to the new planning application for the bus station garage site. Essentially it appears to be almost the same plan but with four more flats on the ground floor rather than a shop, there is however a drop in the height of the proposed building as a tier of flats obviously needs less height than a shop. The previous plan was passed but not without controversy and a border incident between River and West CCs that could have done with UN mediation at the time. This controversial argument added to the problems the community faces by not having a single unitary Community Council for the town to speak with one voice.
The e-mail (from a prominent member of West CC) states: "The application will only come forward to Committee and be discussed publicly if a statutory consultee (an agency like Scottish Water, or the relevant Community Council - which in this case is Nairn River) objects - and there is no sign that any of these will do so; or if there are at least 5 objections from members of the local community."
Here's a further quote from that e-mail: " I (and indeed my colleagues on Nairn West CC) continue to believe that this proposed redevelopment is the wrong kind of building, in the wrong place. We would like to see something suitable built on the bus garage site. But we do not think this is a sensible place to put a block of affordable housing, and we fear that this will not help to regenerate the town centre nor enhance the appeal of the immediate area (which includes Viewfield) for local people or visitors. The latest proposal is in our view worse than the earlier one. Removal of the shop from the plans takes away the one element which might have contributed to a wider range of facilities and services within the town centre. "
Last time round the Westies were strongly against with River in favour. Will there be any change in River CC's stance this time round? The application was very controversial with opinion split across the town. The shop was viewed favourably by many who want to see more competition in Nairn, now that it is no longer a part of the application it remains to be seen if that influences the usual suspects too.
If you have any strong feelings either way about this latest application for the bus station garage site you can see the latest plans here and click on comments then the "make a comment" tab to add your thoughts for the benefit of planners and councillors in their deliberations.