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Highland Council passes plans for 115 more houses to extend Lochloy Estate to Kingsteps ( Webcast)

Webcast of SPAC Planning Meeting 8th August - approving 115 more houses for Lochloy estate 
Here is the webcast of yesterday's South Planning Applications Committee (SPAC)  meeting in Inverness which approved  plans for Springfield to build 115 more houses on land belonging to Nairn Councillor Liz MacDonald. This will extend the Lochloy estate to the edge of Kingsteps.
The vote was tied - 5 members for and 5 against.
Cllr Gray the Chairman then used his casting vote,  to approve the plans .
Of Nairn's 2 Councillors on this committee we understand that Cllr Fraser voted against approval, and Cllr Heggie voted in favour.
South Planning Applications Committee 8 Aug 2018 Item 6.1 Springfield Properties NA2 site Kingsteps Nairn
Badgers on the site - Yes or No ?
If you watch the webcast you will hear the Planning Officer responding to wildlife queries from Councillor Heggie and  Green Councillor Pippa Hadley -He states that his understanding is that there are no live badger setts o…

Aug 2018 Nairn community protests and SPAC site visit re plans for 115 more houses at Lochloy/Kingsteps

Kingsteps protests against NA2 Plans for 115 more homes at Lochloy - are covered in today's Press and Journal ( Saturday 4th August 2018)
Kingsteps and Lochloy NA2 protest Aug18 - P and J 040818
There is also  a podcast on the P and J website by Susy MacAulay their local democracy correspondent with interviews with Loreine Thomson, Lochloy resident and chair of  Nairn Residents Concern Group and Morton Gillespie from Kingsteps Residents Group
Press and Journal podcast 04082018 ( Kingsteps development protest)
Local residents and Nairn River Community Councillors will be joining local residents from 9.30 am next Wednesday morning 8th August when South Planning Applications Committee members ( including Nairn Councillors Tom Heggie and Laurie Fraser)  and Highland planning officers will tour the site proposed for 115 more houses at Lochloy and Kingsteps on land which belongs to Nairn Councillor Liz MacDonald.
This visit is intended to help Highland Council's elected members reach…

Members and Office Bearers Update

At our AGM on 20th June - our four office bearers stepped down and 3 were re - elected, with Veronica Mackinnon replacing Steven Bain as Treasurer.
See our current Members Page  for latest information on who's who at Nairn River CC 

Highland Council rejects NRCC Participation Request

You may recall that Nairn River Community Council submitted a Participation Request to Highland Council at the start of May, following procedures laid out in the Community Empowerment Act.
NRCC Participation Request May 18

We have just heard this week that this request has  been turned down by Highland Council, as not constituting a valid Participation Request, apparently because we did not specify a single 'outcome' for our local area which we felt we could improve by our involvement, or specify precisely what improvement we wanted to see.
Instead we chose to submit a 'global' request  covering  all outcomes included in the 'Highland Outcomes Improvement Plan'. We proposed that consulting with  and engaging local communities better in local decision making  on community planning was likely to improve all local outcomes, not just a single one.

The  response  we received is here
NRCC Participation Request Response from HC June18

Despite this refusal you will see t…
Find below the Agenda and minutes for the upcoming Nairn River Community Council AGM and Ordinary meeting on 20th June 2018 at Nairn Community Centre starting at 7 pm
Agenda NRCC Ordinary meeting 20 June 18

MInutes NRCC 16 May 2018

NRCC AGM agenda 20 June 18

Minutes NRCC AGM Apr 2017

See latest news on Nairn planning applications on our previous posting here
Kingsteps planning decision deferred till Lochloy site visit on 8th August

Kingsteps plans go to June 12 planning committee and are deferred for Lochloy 'site visit' on 8th August

Plans for 115 homes to be built by Springfield development on Councillor Liz MacDonald's land at Kingsteps will go to the planning committee tomorrow 12th June.
See below the planner's report,
SPAC 12 Jun18 Item 6.8 Springfield Properties
We feel this report  is inadequate in briefing decision makers on the scale and detail of the many objections to this plan posted on the e planning website,  both from community  groups and residents in Nairn( including NRCC) and from public agencies at Highland level who have raised many concerns about  the impact of this major development on local traffic, drainage, sewerage, wildlife and other local services and infrastructure. The additional housing proposed will swell the Lochloy estate to around 1000 homes with no school or community facilities and only a single access road to the A96 and rest of Nairn.
We have thus today along with 2 residents groups( Kingsteps Residents and Nairn Residents Concern Group), lodged a request for a pre de…

Local consultation in plans and decision making for Nairn

In case you'd like  to know what Community Councillors do between meetings ( apart from reading about ourselves in the Nairnshire and on social media....) we have been quite busy since April

LOCAL DECISIONS AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT
We have on Monday 6th May sent out a joint letter  with 5  other Nairn community groups
 to  the highest level of Highland Council and the Scottish Government and our elected representatives,
 to complain about inadequate structures in place to support  consultation and involvement of Nairn communities  in local development and community planning matters.
We are concerned that in Highland the principles of the Community Empowerment Act ( 2015) are not being effectively implemented, with potentially damaging effects for Nairn when decisions are taken  without local consultation and due consideration of  local  priorities and needs.
You can read this letter here
Local Decisions and Community Empowerment joint letter May18

PARTICIPATION REQUEST TO HIGHLAND…