Nairn land with planning permission in principle for 300 houses goes on the market

SHEPHERD Chartered Surveyors has announced it is marketing residential development land for sale with planning permission in principle for 300 houses in Delnies, Nairn.

This greenfield site is allocated for development within the adopted Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan. The land extends to around 68 acres with the southern boundary running parallel to the A96. Agricultural land runs along the eastern and western boundaries while to the north the site is bounded by Nairn Golf Club.

Planning Permission in Principle was originally granted in 2015 for a mixed-use development comprising of 300 houses; tourism and heritage uses; equestrian and ecological centres; hotel and conference facilities; a championship golf course, clubhouse, and golf academy; community woodland; and country park with associated infrastructure.

Within the approved masterplan which supported this permission, the land is specifically identified for 300 houses, including an area set aside for a new primary school, a play area, sport pitches and allotments. This Planning Permission in Principle was recently extended to January 2024 including a new, revised set of conditions and an amended S75 Agreement.

Neil Calder, partner in the Inverness office of Shepherd Chartered Surveyors, said, “Nairn enjoys a superb setting on the Moray Firth. Historically it was the ‘county’ town and principal administrative and service centre for Nairnshire. The town’s maritime origins, its development as a Victorian resort, seafront links and pleasure harbour give an exceptional heritage and remain the focus for its appeal.

“The town has grown over the last 15 years and is popular with commuters to Inverness and Elgin. Nairn is well placed for access to employment in nearby Ardersier, Dalcross and Morayhill. This is a major development, and we anticipate there will be strong demand from a range of regional and national housebuilders. Initial considerations indicate that the site has the potential to accommodate a larger number of housing units.”