The vision set out in the A96 Corridor Draft Masterplan (1), will not deliver quality of life for residents and will hinder rather than help in the battle against climate change, Eleanor Scott, Green MSP for Highlands & Islands, said today.
Dr Scott said, “Development must include community energy generation and a transport infrastructure that is not based solely on car ownership. It must be designed to add to the quality of life of those who live in the developed area.
“I am pleased to see the proposed Inverness to Nairn Coastal Path and the protection of green spaces around the development areas. However sustainability does not feature nearly enough in the draft Masterplan and there is no mention of major issues such as building for energy efficiency or community energy generation.
“We face very challenging times with climate change bringing more severe weather and flooding, so we must get serious about reducing climate pollution, and take account of this in major development plans such as this.
“Highland Council has a valuable opportunity to lead the way in sustainable development for the A96 corridor, but I am far from confident that this opportunity is being taken.”
(1) The A96 Corridor Draft Masterplan can be found here.