Published: 26/11/2017 06:00 - Updated: 23/11/2017 15:41

Fresh doubts in 2009 over proposed housing fair

IC 200, Inverness Courier


PLANS for a controversial housing project in Inverness faced further disarray when it emerged that the required funding was not in place.

Described as the first of its kind in the UK, the month-long Highland Housing Fair aimed to showcase more than 50 eco-friendly houses at Balvonie Braes near Milton of Leys.

But it soon became mired in controversy and delays due to the economic climate. Highland Council also faced fierce criticism for its handling of the project which was developed on a wedge of green belt land.

In January, it was revealed that unless the Scottish Government agreed to underwrite the project to the tune of £4.75 million and persuaded banks to provide development funding, it was unclear how it could go ahead.

The exhibition finally opened in August 2010 although not all the properties were completed in time for the opening and construction workers were on the site as visitors arrived.

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