Nairn River CC Statutory Consultee submission re Cawdor House/Lavender Cafe ‘change of use’ Application

Nairn River Community Council have recently submitted a Statutory Consultee comment to the Planning portal, regarding a retrospective change of use Application by Cawdor House B and B, Cawdor Street, Nairn, who have been operating an outdoor cafe since July 2020.

This Application has attracted diverse public comments and strong views on either side.

To help us prepare a fair and balanced submission, two Nairn River CC Office Bearers visited the Applicant, and two of their Cawdor St neighbours, to see the location for ourselves, and to listen to local concerns about the new cafe operation.  We also discussed with Cawdor House proprietors some possible ways to address these concerns.

We then shared our findings with NRCC members and after securing majority agreement, posted a neutral submission( neither Object or Support) , which presented several suggestions for  Planners to consider, re ‘mitigating measures’ to reduce nuisance to neighbours.

Information about the original Cawdor House change of use Application and  public comments can be found on the Highland Council Planning Portal.  

Due to the volume of public comments, it was expected that  this Application would go before the South Planning Applications Committee(SPAC) for scrutiny, rather than being delegated to Planning Officers for decision.  In the event the application was withdrawn in November  2020.  A new ‘scaled down’ application was submitted in December 2020 to the SPAC, which our members voted to Support,   and was passed on 27th April 2021. 

More information here on the Highland Council Planning Portal

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