Nairn's Cawdor Road housing project rejected

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A Highland planning committee has withdrawn the permission it gave a month ago for a major housing development in Nairn.

The application was reconsidered by councillors after a mistake was made in the officials' report on the Cawdor Road project.

Comments made by Nairn Suburban Community Council were incorrectly ascribed to another community group.

After re-examining the application councillors voted to refuse permission.

Scotia Homes, Barratt North East Scotland and Robertson Homes want to construct 232 houses and 87 flats on land at Cawdor Road.

Highland Council officials had recommended that the authority's south planning committee grant the project permission.

At a meeting on 20 August the committee voted in favour of the development.

One of the conditions placed on the scheme was that it should be reviewed after the first 100 homes are built.

Three days later, the local authority said the application would have to be reconsidered because of an error in the report.

Following a site visit, eight councillors voted for the motion to grant planning permission subject to a number of conditions.

However, 13 voted for refusal based on an argument that local roads would not cope with the extra traffic linked to the new houses.

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