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WATCH: Dingwall Meiklefield development starts to take shape as phase 1 of major Highland Council-led scheme reveals progress on houses and flats


By Hector MacKenzie

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HIGHLAND Council has shared a video update of one of the biggest housing developments it has been involved in for years.

The update on phase 1 of the development stated: "Phase 1 building of the new properties on Meiklefield Road, Dingwall comprising six two-bed houses and eight two-bed flats is well under way and is due to be completed in January/February 2023.

"There will be off street parking provision for all the new houses and flats which will also help make the space feel bigger."

The clip offers a bird's-eye view of the development to date.

A masterplan for the development of Meiklefield in Dingwall envisages demolition of 114 residential units and erection of 117 modern replacements.

Demolition and redevelopment will indeed be carried out in a phased manner.

The funding for this project is provided by the Scottish Government and Highland Council.

Last month, the local authority moved to play down concerns that compulsory purchase orders might be required to complete the overall plan.

It said then: "To be clear, there will be no compulsory purchase orders as part of the Meiklefield redevelopment in Dingwall. Instead, the council’s housing service will work side by side with homeowners where we are seeking to purchase their home through a process of negotiation.

Some properties in Meiklefield, Dingwall, had been void for long periods of time and were declared unfit for purpose.
Some properties in Meiklefield, Dingwall, had been void for long periods of time and were declared unfit for purpose.

"Demolition and redevelopment will indeed be carried out in a phased manner. However, the final order has not yet been confirmed and will depend on the progress of sites becoming available within the masterplan area."


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