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Appeal date for Cawdor Road housing project in Nairn

A date has been set for an appeal hearing to decide whether a major housing project goes ahead in Nairn.

There are fears locally about the potential infrastructure issues due to the size of the development.

Highland Council initially approved plans for 319 new homes off Cawdor Road but later withdrew permission after a mistake by planning officials emerged.

The Scottish government reporter will hear evidence in Nairn from 9 - 11 June.

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

The hearing was postponed last month because of a late submission of revised transport data by the developers and concerns that this left local residents with little time to consider the details.

Local objectors have complained that the scale of the proposed development would overwhelm local roads and that a Nairn bypass should be in place before a housing development of such scale in the town is given the go-ahead.

At a meeting in August last year, Highland Council's south planning committee voted in favour of the development.

However, the application was reconsidered by councillors after a mistake was made in the officials' report on the 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.

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