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100-plus homes in planning pipeline for Easter Ross towns Invergordon and Alness as proposals lodged with Highland Council


By Philip Murray

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The proposed site of the new homes in Invergordon, as viewed from Castle Avenue.
The proposed site of the new homes in Invergordon, as viewed from Castle Avenue.

MORE than 100 new homes and flats could be built in Invergordon and Alness under separate housing development plans in the two Easter Ross towns.

Highland Council has lodged a proposal of application notice (or PAN) signalling its intention to build up to 93 homes on a "former fuel tank farm" in Invergordon, while an unrelated planning application for 18 properties has been lodged by Albyn Housing Association as part of phase six of its wider Dalmore development.

Highland Council's early PAN notice, which comes before the later lodging of a full planning application, indicates that vacant land to the west of Invergordon's Castle Avenue and north of Cromlet Drive will be developed in "at least two phases".

Once fully developed that site would form "a mix of affordable and private homes", with the first phase focussing on land in the northern corner of the site.

A statement included with the notice said: "Development to comprise a mix of affordable and private housing, currently 93 units, split into at least two phases, with phase one being to northern corner of overall site.

"Vehicular access [will] be taken from Castle Avenue opposite and approx 40 metres north of the rugby club entrance with various pedestrian links to areas surrounding the site.

"[The] proposals seek to maintain grouping of good quality naturally planted oak trees to the west of centre of the overall site as a green square with surrounding housing fronting it."

It adds that the finished development will feature a mix of mostly single and two-storey buildings, as well as a "small element of three-storey at [the] entrance to the site, creating a gateway" to the estate. The exterior designs would feature a "muted mix of render, brick and timber effect cladding".

Meanwhile, Albyn Housing Association's plans for phase six of its Dalmore development in Alness feature proposals for a dozen new houses, as well as six flats, and associated roads and infrastructure.

The properties would feature a mix of one and two-storey semi-detached and terraced properties with internal layouts offering two, three and four bedrooms.


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