No housing development is expected to take place on the eastern outskirts of Nairn until adequate infrastructure is in place, including the proposed Nairn bypass.
This was the clear message from members of the Nairn and Suburbs Community Council when they discussed the Springfield developers’ controversial plan.
Plans for 650 homes in Househill were unveiled exclusively in the Inverness Courier earlier this year.
The developers have said the land on the lower level of Househill, which is historically considered a floodplain, will be available for parks and recreation.
But already, residents of nearby Balmakeith Park, who have been plagued with flooding issues for decades due to the Auldearn burn that runs through the site, are preparing to oppose the project, with some homes already displaying panels against the plans.
They fear that large-scale construction in the area will only exacerbate flooding and traffic problems.
Community councilor Brian Stewart said it was indeed worrying that Springfield had officially stated that it would seek to develop certain phases of the site before the ring road.
He said the case for housing on this type of scale was not supported by the evidence he was aware of and that the Highland Council’s housing forecast was unrealistic.
Plans unveiled for 650 new homes in Nairn