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The Inner Moray Firth Proposed Local Development Plan
Why it matters and why you may want to comment
The Inner Moray Firth Proposed Local Development Plan is now open for your comments.
The council’s Executive Chief Officer for Infrastructure, Environment and Economy Malcolm MacLeod is encouraging everyone to have their say. He said:
“The Highland Council has made in-principle choices on where future building should and should not occur and this is your final chance to say whether or not you agree with those choices.”
Development Plans Manager, Scott Dalgarno added:
“The Plan will play an important role in setting out the development and funding priorities for your place so it’s vital you get involved and shape the future of your community.”
And indeed it's hard to understate how important the local development plan is. It's this document that decides where future development will be around Nairn and, if land is in there zoned for development, then later it's very difficult to oppose development when it happens.
A classic example of this is the final development at Meadow Leas on "Liz's land" behind Kingsteps where residents protested when Springfield applied for planning permission but by then it was far too late as the land was already zoned for development in the development plan.
This time around we are seeing more coming with the likes of Springfield's proposal for Nairn East (the land around Granny Barbours Road) so, if you're opposed to that land being developed, or the other areas in the plan, you need to say so. Now.