Published: 18/09/2013 08:45 - Updated: 18/09/2013 12:55

Nairn protestors gather as councillors look at development plans again

Annie Stewart
Annie Stewart

Protestors gathered in Nairn this morning as planning and development councillors reconsider a controversial application.

People are opposing a scheme that will see hundreds of new homes being built at the southern edge of the town.

Developers have rejected fears that the town’s road network will not cope, but community councils insist the town is already gridlocked and will come to a grinding halt if a swathe of new residents move to that part of the town.

The controversial 319-home plan was approved by the local authority last month but the application will come under further scrutiny today.

Some protestors are making the journey to Inverness later this morning to protest as the decision on the proposal is made again.

Highland councillor Michael Green, who represents Nairn, is backing the campaign and is helping to provide transport for the protesters, encouraging people to go to the planning, environment and development committee meeting.

"I think it is essential that the people of Nairn take this opportunity to let the decision-makers in Inverness know the strength of feeling locally," he added.

The application by home building consortium Scotia Homes, Robertson Homes and Barratt Homes is being reviewed by the committee following a blunder in key planning documents in which objections were left out.

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