The results are in!

30th November 2023

Over the summer, NICE undertook an Initial Community Survey as groundworks for the forthcoming Local Place Plan. The survey was directly posted throughout Nairn, and available online. We received more than 450 individual responses from across Nairn and Nairnshire, and through all age groups. Your input is what we need to make the Local Place Plan work, and to ensure that Nairn thrives as the town we all want it to be.

As we analyse your responses, find trends, groups of ideas, and begin to prepare the foundations for our Community Consultations, one of our first outputs is a word cloud. A word cloud finds key words in all of the responses, and simply arranges those in a descending size and centrality from most frequent to less frequent. This gives us a flavour of what you have said.

What do you like about living in Nairn?

Is there anything you don’t like about being in the Nairn area?

Whilst we continue to prepare for the Community Consultation phase of preparing the Nairn Local Place Plan, we would love to hear from you. You can engage with your local community council, or get in touch with us directly at

Local Place Plan Project Coordinator Appointed

23rd November 2023

NICE is pleased to welcome Kenny Spink on board as Local Place Plan Coordinator for Nairnshire. He will be taking forward in early 2024 an intensive programme of public engagement across Nairnshire and beyond with help from Highland Regeneration Fund. 

Kenny will be ably supported by specialist advisers, Becky Richmond (currently Black Isle Place Plan Coordinator) , Tibor Bandula (a building conservation specialist) and local website expert Ian Colquhoun.

We also have assistance from Ewen McIntosh – a Place Making officer from Highland Council and Iain Macpherson from Planning Aid Scotland. All will be ably supported by community volunteers, including senior pupils from Nairn Academy.   

If you’d like to help just let us know on and look out for more information on and our Facebook page for how you can get involved to have your say on what goes in the Local Place Plan in 2024. 

Local Place Plan public engagement will begin in 2024 with an ‘information download’ event for local community organisations. This will be supported by Planning Aid Scotland, who will explain how the Local Place Plan process will work and begin to explore some of the key themes emerging from our initial Local Place Plan Community Survey. Our summer survey received hundreds of responses from across Nairnshire, telling us what local people want for their place in the future (more on that on our next post).