There are many ways to have your say as a citizen and Nairn resident!
You will find here a selected list of local and national consultations currently open to which you can contribute as a member of the public.
We will also post reports here of the results of recent consultations, which Nairn River CC and local residents have contributed to
Feel free also to feed back to Nairn River CC directly on any of these topics by
1/sending us an email to email@example.com or a message via our ‘Contact’ page
2/ contacting your local community councillor.
3/adding comments to our blog
this is the online ‘portal’ where you can find all live planning applications.
Nairn River CC is in Nairn and Cawdor Ward (Ward 18) and covered by Highland Council’s South Planning Applications Committee (SPAC).
The latest application with major implications for Nairn is for 650 homes to be built by Springfield as part of a mixed development, in the area between Sainsbury’s and Granny Barbour’s Road. Here is the link
More information on the pre planning public consultation which Springfield has launched is here with more detailed maps. This is not yet a full Planning Application but one is currently being prepared by Springfield, and public feedback will help to shape it.
There are hundreds of planning applications made in Nairn River CC patch every year.
We do not comment on all of them as a ‘Statutory Consultee’ , only if local residents or our members raise concerns at local impacts of a proposal.
In the last two years we have made submissions on a number of planning applications to the South Planning Applications Committee (SPAC) including:
Manor Flats (FIT Homes) Cawdor Road – We objected to the first application due to plans to remove mature trees and noisy location. Plans were changed to spare trees. We objected to revised application due to inadequate noise mitigation and potential economic impact on key local employer(Gordon’s Sawmill) if residents complained about noise.
Plans were rejected by SPAC, but Albyn Housing won an appeal to Scottish Government.
3 storey CAB and flats in King Street town centre We objected to revised plans for a ‘newbuild’ on a new site (originally for regeneration of Old Social Work Building/former Police Station) due to incompatibility with agreed Nairn Town Centre Plan priorities, negative impact of such a large building on heritage landscape, no disabled access to flats, loss of town centre civic space and parking, and use of regeneration funds for a ‘newbuild’.
Plans were passed by SPAC
Cawdor House, Lavender Cafe
We presented a neutral submission to the original application due to divided public opinion. We supported the revised ‘scaled down’ application
Plans were passed by SPAC
A new Local Development Plan is currently being prepared by Highland Council for the Inner Moray Firth area. This will replace the 2015 edition and once published in the next year or two, will be in place for the next 10 years. Public responses to the latest consultation phase affecting Nairn below
Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan – Main Issues Report public consultation
The consultation is now closed
but all public responses( Highland wide) can be found here
24 public Comments on the proposed Plan for Nairn ( Main Settlement No 26 identified as a ‘High Growth Settlement’ ) are here.
Since none of these public submissions are in agreement with the proposed Plan for Nairn, it is clear that more work with local communities is needed to get this new Local Development Plan right.
Nairn’s two community councils have been pushing for some time for a Local Place Plan
to be developed, led by the local community, as prescribed in the new Scottish Planning Framework.
This should be a priority action to identify what local people want, before the Local Development Plan for the Inner Moray Firth Area( IMFLDP) is finalised for the next 10 years.
With regard to the recent public consultation on the IMFLDP, Nairn Rive CC have fed back to Highland Council that the online format was not user friendly as it required submission of separate comments to relevant sections of a Report hundreds of pages long.
This technically complex task which made ‘ having a say’ inaccessible to most of the people a new Plan will affect, and due to COVID there have been no public consultation events to allow people any face to face dialogue with Highland Council officers.
This closed in May but has not reported yet
Proposals for Nairn
to improve COVID related ‘social distancing’ (restricting High Street parking and widening pavements) were not thought necessary after a High Street ‘walkabout’ in Summer 2020 by THC officers and community representatives from Nairn Community Councils and Nairn BID.
Alternative solutions were proposed as a better use of available SUSTRANS funding, to encourage active travel by signposting local cycle routes to tie in in with other local partner initiatives(eg Nairn BID). A year on this has yet to be implemented.
Nairn River CC are keen to build dialogue with SUSTRANS (who manage the Scottish Cycle Network) to find out more about the kind of active travel solutions they can fund to suit Nairn’s needs.
Sandown Lands (Nairn Common Good Asset) – proposed disposal
A consultation took place in Spring 2021 on the proposed sale by Highland Council of one of Nairn’s largest Common Good assets’ Sandown Lands to the west of the town.
A summary of public responses can be found here
which includes submissions from Nairn River CC, Nairn West and Suburban CC and many Nairn residents. 98 responses were received with 85 contributors lodging objections against the proposed ‘disposal’, an additional 10 submitting points both for and against and only 3 comments entirely in support. You can also read more on Nairn West and Suburban CC website
and the Gurn
A decision on this is expected by the Nairnshire Area Committee of Highland Council in September 2021. If Nairn’s local Councillors make a recommendation to dispose of this land it will be tabled for approval by the full Highland Council as Common Good Trustees for Nairn before an application could be made to the Sheriff Court for sale of ‘inalienable’ land. We hope the proposal will be rejected by our 4 local Councillors at the next Nairnshire Area Committee as the balance of local community opinion is clearly against sale of this asset at this time.
Proposed Lochloy Active Travel Crossing
Highland Council, in partnership with Sustrans, opened consultation on 16th July 2021 on a proposed link between the Lochloy area of Nairn and the A96 retail park and invited members of the public to comment on some initial concept designs. In response to a request by NRCC the deadline for public responses has been postponed from 30 July till 27th August.
You can see the preliminary designs below.
We are told these are simply initial ideas to give some idea of scale and location.
Proposal / Option 2 –
The public consultation is open until 17.00 hours on Friday, 27 August.
Comments should be submitted by e-mail to:
You may also copy your views to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish us to reflect them in the Nairn River Community Council response.
After organising an emergency community meeting on 28th July Nairn River CC has been supporting local residents to circulate a survey on these proposals round all households in Lochloy, Kingsteps and Merryton. Findings from this should be ready to share with Highland Council and SUSTRANS by the end of August.
Voluntary Parking Charges at the Links /Harbour/Maggot – no public consultation yet….
In June 2021, Highland Council introduced ‘voluntary’ parking charges on 3 seafront car parks on Common Good land at the Links/Cumming Street, The Harbour, and the Maggot without any prior formal public consultation with the people of Nairn.
We have been told by Highland Councillors that there will be a consultation later this year.
We continue to press Nairn’s 4 Highland Councillors as Common Good Trustees, and Highland Council officers responsible for parking management, to explain
- why they approved investment in parking infrastructure without community input
- how much will be left for Nairn Common Good Fund from charging income already collected from this ‘pilot’ once running and set up costs are covered
- how this can be used to benefit the people of Nairn, and how this will be decided.
- how Nairn people will be consulted on this before any more decisions are made.
Latest information on this is on our blog -with answers to 20 questions we asked Highland Council and discussion on related CCTV matters is here.
More information on our dialogue with Highland Council on this is on our blog
A note on Nairn’s Common Good Assets ‘for the benefit of the citizens of the burgh’
Nairn’s Common Good Assets are lands and property given to the town in the past with an obligation that they be ‘managed for the benefit of the citizens of the burgh of Nairn’ .
You can find more information on Common Good here on the Scottish Land Commission website, and more on local authority duties in relation to Common Good property under the Community Empowerment Act 2015 here
Section 104 ‘requires the local authority to consult with the local community when it is planning to dispose of common good property, or change its use. The local authority must publish details of the proposed disposal or change of use of common good property, and notify and invite representations from community councils and community bodies.’
It is also a legal requirement under the 2015 Community Empowerment Act, for local authorities in Scotland to publish a list of the land and property they are entrusted to look after for the benefit of local people.
You can find Nairn’s Common Good Asset Register on Highland Council’s website. This is a ‘live document’ which continues to be updated based on local historical research.
Common Good land in Nairn includes some of the town’s finest assets and green spaces, the Links, the Harbour and the Maggot area as well as the Riverside, Viewfield and Sandown lands.
Sandown is currently the subject of a proposal to ‘sell’ by Highland Council which is covered on our Have Your Say page
Nairn has one of the largest Common Good portfolios in Highland but since most is land, annual revenue from rents and business lettings is expected to be only around £134,000 in 2021/22 budget projection
compared to £2.2 million to be generated by Inverness City Common Good Fund
assets which include the Longman Industrial Estate, the Victorian Market and Inverness Town House.
To help inform what happens next re parking charges on Nairn seafront, and currently proposed disposal by sale of Sandown Common Good lands, we need to hear what you think as a local citizen because these assets were given to the town for your benefit.
You can post comments on our blog, email us, or talk directly to your community councillor or your Highland Councillor
Scottish Government Consultations
Click on the link above to see what is open for comment.
A selection of current ones relevant to Nairn are posted below
Consultation on a National Care Service for Scotland open till 18th October
This will have a big impact on Nairn which has a higher proportion of over 65s than the Highland average
Consultation on Penalty Charge Notices for Parking Enforcement open till 4th October
This proposes new powers for Scottish Councils to vary and raise local parking penalties.
Gaelic Language Plan – open till 13 September