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235 new houses get the green light to be built in Conon Bridge

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235 new homes have got the green light in Conon Bridge.
235 new homes have got the green light in Conon Bridge.

235 new houses are to built in Conon Bridge, as homebuilder Tulloch Homes has secured approval for two planning applications.

The Highland Council gave the applications the green light at its committee today (1 November), following recommendations to approve from local council officers.

The Conon Braes South development is an extension to the existing development, Conon Bridge North. The community will include 160 private and affordable homes with open space, as well as a pedestrian link from Pocket Park to maintain walking routes through the site.

Its development at Riverford Conon will see 75 new homes brought to the area, including 19 affordable homes. Offering a mix of one, two, three and four-bed properties, the wider development site will include space for businesses, with the potential for a nursing home, nursery or business centre along with opportunities for smaller companies.

The housing development has been welcomed by the chief executive of Inverness and Cromarty Firth green freeport (ICFGF) as it is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs in the Highlands over the coming years.

Sandy Grant, managing director of Tulloch Homes, said: “As a housebuilder that works across the region, we are committed to creating high calibre homes that will sustain communities for generations. The council’s decision acknowledges the quality and benefits of our proposals and, crucially, the need for housing at an exciting time for the North. The development of the Green Freeport is a game-changer and by giving our developments the go-ahead, we can provide crucial infrastructure that will help the local area to thrive.”

Calum MacPherson, chief executive of Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport, added: “The Highland business community is firmly behind the vision to drive the region’s economy, creating fair paid jobs, wealth and to help reverse the steady decline in working age population. The Green Freeport represents a huge opportunity to deliver that vision, but success will require collaboration and this includes the need for supporting infrastructure such as much needed housing. This development by Tulloch is particularly positive as it offers a range of house types which help people at various stages of life find a home.”

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