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Nairnshire communities invited to join conversation on Local Place Plan in March road show

By Federica Stefani

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The local place plan steering group after a productive first event. Pictures: Federica Stefani.
The local place plan steering group after a productive first event. Pictures: Federica Stefani.

Communities across Nairn and Nairnshire will have the chance to have their say on the development of a local place plan with a series of drop-in events – starting from next week.

The Local Place Plan steering group and Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise (NICE) have announced a series of dates during which they will engage with communities in the area and get their views on improvements and priorities for the area.

The aim is to give a platform to people and groups in Nairnshire to help shape the LPP, which is set to guide future planning and land use.

It follows an initial survey carried out by the group in September 2023.

Mandy Lawson, NICE secretary, said: "NICE and local community partners are looking forward to hearing from local people on their priorities for use of land and buildings in Nairnshire.

"We'll have a series of Local Place Plan Community Roadshow events during March starting next Monday (March 4) at Nairn Academy from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and on Tuesday at Fornighty Hall between 4.30 and 8.30pm.

"All the information gathered will feed into the development of Nairnshire's first community led Local Place Plan.

"Anyone who lives or works in the wider Nairn area is welcome to drop in anytime for a cuppa and chat or can also share their views online."

Introduced by the 2019 Act, LPPs seek to empower communities to have their say in the future of their area.

The Local Place Plan for Nairn, once completed, will be included in the upcoming Inner Moray Firth local development plan.

The steering group presented key project baselines to Highland Council officers in February and also at the Community Partnership Meeting held on Fridat, February 16 at the Nairn Community and Arts Centre.

Full list of events:

  • Monday March 4 at Nairn Academy, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Tuesday, March 5 at Fornighty Hall, 4.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Monday, March 11 at Seaman’s Hall, 4.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Tuesday, March 12 at Cawdor Primary School, 4.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Monday, March 18 at Croy Village Hall, 4.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Tuesday, March 19 at British Legion Cawdor Street Nairn, 4.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Tuesday, March 26 at Nairn Community and Arts Centre, 4.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Wednesday, March 27 at Nairn Dunbar Golf Course, 1.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Wednesday, March 27 at Lethen Road Hall, Auldearn, 4.00pm - 8.30pm

Steering group members will also be available at the Nairn Community & Arts Centre (in the music Room) during their open hours – generally Tuesday afternoons between 2pm and 5pm, and Thursday between 9am and 5pm

Anyone interested in learning more can visit nicenairn.org.uk or email lpp@nicenairn.org.uk.

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