Earlier this weekend we published the Scottish Government Reporter's conclusions here. They are very interesting reading. We also said we would publish more comment from one of the team that gave evidence at the appeal hearing. Here's some more of what West CC Secretary, Brian Stewart, had to say to the Gurn about the decision:
"This demonstrates that the local community can influence planning decisions, and the future shape of our town, if we put together a well-researched case and work together. The case to the Appeal was based on careful and detailed work over many months. I want to pay tribute to the small team of local colleagues who worked so hard to put together and present our case to the Reporter at the Appeal hearings, and to express appreciation for the way in which we were able to work together with the Highland Council legal team and advisers.
I also want to applaud those elected Councillors who were prepared to speak up and stand up for Nairn and the community and to speak out against this development when it came to Committee and then at the Appeal. They faced huge pressure from the Council leadership, and it required courage to challenge and overrule the recommendation by Highland Council planning officials. Their robust support was appreciated, and the outcome fully justifies their approach.
But we do need to remember that this was just one application, for one site. We all accept that Nairn needs to grow, and that Nairn South and other sites will be developed. The key point, which the Reporter's decision underlines, is that prospective developers, and Council planners, need to deliver appropriate, sensible, balanced and sustainable development which takes proper account of local needs and constraints. If they do so, they can expect support. If they persist in making unrealistic and unacceptable proposals, they will continue to face robust scrutiny and challenge."