Saturday, November 30, 2013

South Nairn housing development refusal – Consortium to appeal to Scottish Government

Back in September after a demonstration by Nairn residents, Highland Council refused planning permission to the South Nairn planning application by the consortium of three house building companies. Pictures of that day here

This morning the PandJ reports that there will be an appeal. They quote a company spokesman Derrick Thomson:  “Having considered our position in great detail, the consortium will be lodging an appeal against the decision relating to our last planning application in Nairn South.” 

How the appeal process works and the responsibilities of the Reporter who will be appointed by the Scottish Government is outlined on this web page – it has been suggested to this observer by some of the usual suspects that there will be a public local inquiry held with evidence given locally. Also currently going through the Highland Council process is the rival application for South Nairn which has been submitted on the behalf of Charles Allenby. 

At the Subbies (Nairn Suburban Community Council) meeting on Tuesday night  held in Nairn Academy Dick asked Colin when the Allenby application would come before the Council, he said: 
“Colin will probably know, is it in January?”

Colin (Vice Chair of the Highland Council South Planning Committee) replied: 
“It’s scheduled January, but who knows, kind of thing, it is scheduled for January.”

Dick went on to say: “It will be quite interesting because really it’s not quite the same area of ground, it covers Lochdhu as well as the Balblair area. He hasn’t got quite the same access onto the Cawdor Road, he’s very dependent on Balblair Road. It’s not quite as easy or as difficult as the case may be.”

Charles Allenby’s application submitted by Muir Smith Evans can be view on this Council e-planning page. The application has attracted objections just as the previous one from the consortium did. 

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