Members of Nairn River Community Council discovered recently that submissions via the Highland Council e-Planning Portal can only support postings of comments of 5000 characters. NRCC had to make special arrangements to forward their sizeable document to the relevant planning officer to ensure it was registered as an objection (more details about that on the Highland Council e-planning pages).
Yes it is quite a lengthy objection and the document begins:
"Roads, Sewers and Water Supply : cannot cope with demand from further housing
Permitting further development at present in Nairn contravenes the ‘Infrastructure First’ approach of new Scottish Government Planning Policy. At present Nairn roads, sewers and water supply infrastructures are already beyond capacity and require urgent investment. New pipework at Kingsteps would feed into an old sewer network which is already not coping. After heavy rain sewage overflows into streets and waterways in central Nairn and Fishertown, water pressure problems are already apparent at Lochloy and traffic jams on the A96 are getting worse"
After expanding on the above paragraph the watchdogs go on to say:
"In assessing this application the Council should take account of the numerous public submissions already published about housing plans for this NA2 site on the 2015 Scottish Government DPEA Examination Report on the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan including recommendations that no housing should be built on the Kingsteps NA2 site until a link road is built across the A96 from Balmakeith to this site."
There's more readers, five pages worth of arguments against this proposed development. If you are one of the many serious students of local planning matters then it's time once more to make a cuppa or pour a dram and head over to read this document on the Highland Council's e-planning pages. It's currently at the top of the page under the documents tab here.