Thank You!

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From all of the LPP team, thank you to everyone who completed an initial survey, made it along to our Roadshow, returned an online consultation, made it along to one of our events, gave some input, and who has supported the Local Place Plan consultation process so far.

Thursday night saw our final workshop event – Sustainable Futures, where we set about overlaying maps with priority spaces, identifying key actions for a sustainable Nairnshire, and creating a Nairn vision statement based on all of the inputs we have received so far.

We also met with some of the Nairn BID members at the Nairn CAB. Next week, the LPP Steering Group meets with some of our large, industrial, and commercial employers from across Grigorhill and Balmakeith and we will be updating progress to the Community Partnership.

Whilst we work on the data distillation, and Planning Aid Scotland begin authoring the draft, it was clear that everyone was united behind any development being people focused, making things better, and that future development should focus on rejuvenating and enhancing our wealth of assets from nature to the built environment.

The look ahead schedule is now:

– final group discussions and presentations in the consultation phase of the LPP development week commencing 17th May

– authoring of the draft local place plan for presentation to the LPP Steering Group late June

– public and statutory consultation from mid-July

– LPP submission deadline of 27th September

This has been an exciting and robust process and would not have been possible without your valued input. If there is anything else that is pressing and in your mind, any recent community group consultations and or any other survey results you have undertaken recently…please do send those results and findings on to us at lpp@nicenairn.org.uk.

Local Place Plan – Town & Village Centres, Green Space & Leisure, and Sustainable Futures

Last week we kicked off our community group led workshops focusing on the key headings emerging from community feedback through the Road Show, Online Consultation, open door, Community Group Workshop, and last summer’s initial survey.

Led by the very capable Planning Aid Scotland team, including their volunteer Town Planners, we had some lively debate, detailed discussion, and a real detailed understanding of the lead concepts and projects emerging from the consultation process.

This week, we are working on:

Town and Village Centres

Wednesday 15th May, 6pm – 9pm at the Nairn Community & Arts Centre

Green Space & Leisure

Thursday 16th May, 9am – 12noon at the Nairn Community & Arts Centre

Sustainable Futures

Thursday 16th May, 6pm – 9pm at the Nairn Community & Arts Centre


If you would like your community group to be represented at these discussions, please get in touch with us directly at lpp@nicenairn.org.uk, or book directly under our Events to book your space. You are welcome to attend one or many of our workshops.

We look forward to working with you.

Local Place Plan – Business & Jobs and Getting Around Workshops

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We are looking forward kicking off the Local Place Plan thematic workshops with Business & Jobs tonight, Thursday 9th May from 6pm-9pm in the United Reformed Church.

Business & Jobs

Business & Jobs is open to all Nairn and Nairnshire businesses, from High Street and Tourism, to Industry and Agriculture. You can register your attendance here, or, get in touch with us at lpp@nicenairn.org.uk. We can get you involved at the door, but, it would be great if you could let us know you can make it along so we are ready to welcome you.

If you are a business owner, a sole trader, or represent your employer in the area, we would love to hear your thoughts.

Getting Around

Hot on the heels of Business & Jobs, we will be discussing Getting Around throughout Nairn and Nairnshire on Friday 10th May from 9am – 12noon in the Nairn Community & Arts Centre. If you walk, wheel, drive, or use public transport, if you use the beach, riverside, A96, or any routes throughout Nairn and Nairnshire, this is your chance to get involved in the future physical connectivity throughout Nairnshire.

You can book into our workshop here, or, get in touch with us at lpp@nicenairn.org.uk. We can get you involved at the door, but, it would be great if you could let us know you can make it along so we are ready to welcome you.


Did you know that you can search all of The Highland Council’s registered Local Place Plans? At the moment, there is one registered Highland Local Place Plan. You can find it here.

Currently, we are aware of several Highland Local Place Plans in development, including:

  • Black Isle
  • Skye
  • Ardgour

You can read more about these and other Local Place Plans emerging across Scotland by reading Nick Wright’s LinkedIn article.

Nairn and Nairnshire’s Local Place Plan is amongst the most ambitious and complex Local Place Plans currently being developed. Nairnshire includes several distinct communities, from Auldearn to Croy, and Nairn to Ferness, with tourism, agriculture, business and industry all working together, sharing some of the most stunning coastline, river sides, and outdoor spaces in Scotland. We are also close to Inverness and the Inverness Airport, on the main Aberdeen-Inverness train line, the A96 and the A939, and boast a functioning harbour which supports commercial fishing, tourism, and locally owned leisure vessels. Our golf courses are internationally recognised and our health and social care provision is fantastic. Your Local Place Plan is your opportunity to influence and guide the future of Nairn and Nairnshire for all of us.

We look forward to welcoming business and community groups at our Business and Jobs event, and community groups with an interest in physical connectivity, mobility, and access throughout Nairnshire to our Getting Around workshop. Please do get in touch to book your space.

Nairn and Nairnshire Businesses – Call to Action

Following our programme of community consultation, one of our leading emerging themes is Business & Jobs for Nairn and Nairnshire.

Our workshop will make a deeper dive into the needs of our local businesses, from town centre to agriculture throughout Nairn and Nairnshire. We will be discussing this in detail on 9th May, from 6pm-9pm.

If your business, whether you are part of the Nairn BID, Grigorhill, Balmakeith, Nairnshire or agricultural business communities, would like to join this discussion and help to lead the Local Place Plan to a robust plan for the future of Nairn and Nairnshire, please do get in touch with us at lpp@nicenairn.org.uk

Places are limited to 30. Pre-booking your place is critical. We look forward to seeing you.