Figure 1: Map 31, Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan 2, page 278, published for consultation 25th March 2023
Nairn East represents the largest single land allocation in Nairnshire, covering 98.3ha or thereby, over a mixed use development of Housing, Business, Community, and Industry with potential for 250 (650-850 Total) new houses.
Lying generally between the A96 to the North and the A939 to the South West, the development area creates the new gateway to Nairn from the East and the South. The developer shall submit a Development Brief ahead of any statutory pre-application submission, which shall include for an Engagement Strategy.
What would make the most of this significant area of land to the East end of Nairn? How would you engage any development here with Active Travel and green networks into the Town Centre, towards the Community Amenities of the schools and healthcare and onwards to the beach and leisure spaces? Can this be achieved whilst loading the A939 junction, and the main connection onto Granny Barbour’s Road with the potential of hundreds, if not more than 1,000 cars trying to move around during the day?
Perhaps you see the development at Nairn East differently, creating a small scale circular economy, with homes, business, and industry closely married to foster a 20 minute town within an enlarged Househill. With a strong green network, residents may be at work in minutes, take lunch from the local shop or café, use a Househill nursery and enjoy that their older children have a clear pathway to Nairn Academy?
Or maybe you see the opportunity here to focus on supporting the Grigorhill businesses to have the opportunity to grow into a new employment centre, creating sustainable, long term employment with training opportunity to retain and support Nairnshire’s young families to stay in Nairnshire? By investing in technology, in a digital connection, Grigorhill perhaps becomes your the Highland’s green tech hub for the next wave of technology?
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