Nairn River Community Council has recently posted three planning comments in relation to current local planning applications. We have noted a number of longstanding concerns around the pressing need for investment in infrastructure ( roads, drainage, sewerage) , and increased traffic congestion in East Nairn ( A96/Lochloy Road, Merryton junction bottleneck) .
We have also noted the pressing need for local school and other community provision at Lochloy estate to keep pace with further housing proposed in this area, as Auldearn Primary is now at full capacity, and Millbank will be if all housing proposed is built. This need only came to our attention in early 2018 after a visit from a Highland Council Care and Learning official to our February meeting to discuss possible changes in school catchment areas across Nairnshire to accommodate the rapid growth in population at Lochloy.
As all 3 pending applications below will impact on traffic and add pressure on other infrastructure in Nairn ( drains, sewerage, schools) we are asking Highland Council Planning committee to consider all three proposals as interlinked. No dates have yet been finalised for these applications to go to SPAC(Planning Committee) and Transport Scotland has asked for more time to review impacts on traffic
Planning comments can be found here with applications on the Highland Council Planning Portal
1/ new development at Sainsbury Site ( McDonalds restaurant and Home Bargains)
2/ pending application for housing Springfield) at Kingsteps/Lochloy (Cllr MacDonald’s land)
3/pending application for housing ( Deveron Homes) at Forres Road (former Morganti house site)