Friday, July 27, 2018

August 8th - site visit by Highland Councillors on planning commitee to see site of Springfield housing application on Liz's land

The Gurn understands that preparations are well underway by objectors to receive the planning committee when they arrive in Nairn by bus on Wednesday the 8th of August to see the site and the infrastructure etc. One of the objectors told the Gurn that they would like to see anyone who thinks the Lochloy development is inappropriate to go along and join them on the morning of the 8th in the Lochloy area. 

The Highland Councillors will be here to see an application that has proved to be very controversial locally with both the town's community councils and many others consider to be inappropriate given the current state of the sewage, roads and other infrastructure in the area. 

The Gurn understands that there have been new developments in correspondence on a significant wildlife matter too. 

This week also saw impassioned comment from Liz (that's Cllr Liz MacDonald to anyone that is not a regular reader of these pages) on the subject of housing reported in the Nairnshire Telegraph. Liz is reported commenting on the Morganti Land application on the Forres Road and also on the Springfield application. She takes a pop at the Community Councils too.  More in this week's Nairnshire Telegraph. 

Gurn comment:

No one can deny that there is a lack of social housing in Nairn and once again we have to say that we are concerned that there has been no effort to build any on the Sandown Lands yet, that is land that the town owns in the form of an asset on the books of the Common Good - surely that could facilitate things. Remember we were asked for our views on what should be built on Sandown in a "charrette" at the Courthouse back in 2012. The experts employed for that came up with a few plans (pictures here on the Gurn Flickr pages). Six years on and nothing has happened, it was meant to be done in five year phases - an opportunity for social housing lost?  Why all this emphasis on development out in the east of the town?