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.

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.

Did you make it along?

Last night was our last Road Show consultation event in the preparation of the Nairn and Nairnshire Local Place Plan.

We’re still reading and counting up more than 700 comments left by our 150 visitors, across the 9 events, ranging from Auldearn to Croy and the Seaman’s Hall to Fornighty Hall. Our visitors ranged across all ages:

the Local Place Plan Roadshow ran from 4th March 2024-27th March 2024, hosting 9 events throughout Nairnshire

Did you make it along? Thank you if you did. It was great to meet you and hear your thoughts. If not, don’t panic, you can still take part. You can visit our Digital Hall, and give us your feedback by completing our online consultation, or by emailing us directly at lpp@nicenairn.org.uk.

We will share insights to the themes that are shining through from your feedback as we read and group all of your comments.

The online consultation closes end of 14th April 2024.

If you are a member of a community group and would like to take part in our May workshops, please send us your details for the attention of Kenny at lpp@nicenairn.org.uk.

Nairn – what matters to you

Thanks to our more than 450 respondents to the NICE Initial Community Survey, we can see the main focus headers for all of us in Nairn.

We will be working to explore how your Local Place Plan responds to these focus areas, and more widely across underpinning themes which cross all of the main focus headings:

Infrastructure First

Our infrastructure considerations will drive scenarios which will allow us to create a dynamic response to the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan and to the broader Highland Wide Local Development Plan. Working within these scenarios, we can focus on key questions.

What if the A96 by-pass is built? What if it isn’t?

What if our sewerage system is upgraded? What if it isn’t?

These questions can be asked across the by-pass, utilities, sewerage, and flood defences when assessing our capacity for more housing, for business opportunity, for employment growth and so on.

Green/ Resilient Nairn

Ensuring that we consider a future for Nairn that responds to climate change, embraces renewable energy, and drives a low carbon centre.

When we consider a Green/ Resilient Nairn, how does this impact on Employment? What form of employment opportunity can Nairn lead on – future technologies? Clean energy?

Nairn for All Ages

Considering how the Local Place Plan, the IMFLDP, and the HWLDP contribute to a ‘balanced’ age demographic in Nairn, attracting and retaining young families with quality of life and employment opportunities.

In a Nairn for all ages, what does getting around actually mean? Is this cycle paths for our children to safely navigate their way to school? Is this safe pavements, suitable for wheeled access – from prams to mobility buggies? Is it getting to work, without using the car?

Perhaps Nairn for all ages is about creating a sense of place that encourages our young professionals and families to stay in Nairn, to drive local business, and to create a circular economy?

Nairn Led Development

By looking after Nairn’s Common Good Assets, assessing, and developing community ownership to keep existing heritage buildings in public use, whilst working in partnership with local authorities to modernise key public amenities for the 21st century. Nairn led development can foster local governance and decision making, meaning Nairn’s success can be based on the needs and wants of the community.

How can our assets be best used to fulfil our Town Centre development? How does this all work with the Nairn BID team? How can the local business community help make things happen for Nairn? Can these assets be used to grow community engagement?

Whilst our Initial Community Survey is closed, if you have anything you would like to add, to discuss, or to suggest, we would love to hear from you. You can contact us by email at LPP@nicenairn.org.uk, drop in to our Thursday base at the Nairn Community Centre, or direct your thoughts through you local Community Council or Community Group, who we will be working with on 15th January 2024.