A shared community vision for Nairn town centre was given the go-ahead this week by Highland Council Members of the Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee.
Members agreed that a new ‘Nairn Community Town Centre Plan’ be adopted as non-statutory planning guidance to influence future planning applications for Nairn town centre and help community organisations to make bids for funding projects.
The final approved plan has been developed in collaboration between community groups, Highland Council and partners including responses received to a public consultation on the ‘Draft Nairn Town Centre Action Plan’. Public workshops were held in Nairn during April and May 2014 with assistance from the Scottish Government’s town centre regeneration fund.
The main aim of the plan is to identify projects that could be delivered should funding opportunities arise and to shape future planning applications.
Chair of the NB&S Area Committee Councillor Liz MacDonald said: “Hopefully this excellent piece of work will enable us to get some quick wins and projects progressed as soon as possible.
“There has been a tremendous amount of teamwork – which has gone into developing this Plan – from officers, councillors and key groups such as NICE (Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise); Nairn Economic Initiative; the Association of Nairn Businesses and members of the community.
“This plan highlights the shared vision, shared priorities and a desire and the agreement for a collaborative team based approach.”
NICE Comment: We are delighted to have been one of the partners in the discussions that resulted in this Action Plan. There is now an agreed vision and shared priorities for the Town Centre. We look forward to participating in this new collaborative partnership approach and by virtue of our social enterprise status, assist as enablers, where possible, in the delivery of some of the projects identified.