Deadline fast approaching for the Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan
The consultation on the first stage of preparing the Local Development Plan for the Inner Moray Firth area is drawing to a close, with the deadline for submissions at 5 pm on Friday (6 July). The consultation document, known as the Main Issues Report, asks for people's thoughts on where future development should and should not be located across the Inner Moray Firth area which stretches from Tain in the North to Fort Augustus in the South and Auldearn in the East to Garve in the West.
The consultation on the Main Issues Report began on 5 April 2012 and 35 events have been hosted by the Planning and Development Service over the past three months to ask people where they think their community should develop over the next 20 years. More than 1,000 people have attended these events and given their views in person. The Council is now urging those wishing to submit written comments to do so by the deadline of 5pm on Friday.
Councillor Thomas Prag, Chairman of the Council's Planning, Environment and Development Committee said: "I'm often told that planners don't ask people what they think, don't listen properly and that we don't get the infrastructure right. This time we have been out and about all over the area and done as much as we can to get folk to engage with the ideas in the plan.
"The views of the community, developers and landowners are key to enable us to have a plan in place to help deliver, houses, jobs, community facilities and all of the infrastructure such as new roads and schools. So please don't miss your chance to make your views known - which sites should be developed, which sites should be safeguarded from development and what infrastructure is needed to make these developments happen."
The public can view the Main Issues Report and find out how to make comments online at: http://www.highland.gov.uk/yourenvironment/planning/consultations.htm
or in all Council Libraries, Service Points and area Planning Offices.
The consultation on the draft Developer Contributions: Supplementary Guidance and the Public Art Strategy: Supplementary Guidance also comes to a close this Friday. These documents can be viewed across The Highland Council area in Libraries, Service Points and area Planning Offices as well as online at:
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Today (5 December 2013) 56 schools, 7 Service Points and council offices were closed due to lack of power, bad weather or loss of water. There were issues with the Council’s website and school closures online which are being investigated.
Currently firms are contacting businesses asking for support for an educational programme on cyber bullying. The line is that councils have cut back on their funding and they can offer help to classes in your local school if you donate to the programme.
Mr Neil Gillies, The Highland Council’s Director of Transport Environmental and Community Services, has announced his decision to retire from the Council, with effect from the end of January, next year. Mr Gillies joined the former Highland Regional Council in 1978 and worked on a wide range of civil engineering projects including roads, bridges, harbours and coast protection works, and road maintenance.
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At yesterday’s (Monday 18 November 2014) Caithness and Sutherland Area Committee, members heard about the work been done by the North Highland Initiative to develop tourism in the Area with Tom Campbell, Chief Executive outlining some of the exciting destination development projects planned over the next 12 months. The North Highland Initiative (NHI) was launched in August 2005 to promote and develop the economy and to support the rural communities of the North Highlands bringing together the farming community, local businesses and the tourism industry to try to address some of the challenges facing rural communities in the far north of Scotland by creating a powerful regional identity for the area through marketing.
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