Published: 23/10/2017 06:00 - Updated: 13/10/2017 13:06

Plans for 'new town' on eastern outskirts knocked back in 1975

IC 200, Inverness Courier


PROPOSALS to create a large community with a population of about 15,000 on the eastern edge of Inverness were knocked back in October.

A plan to combine Culloden, Smithton and Balloch into one large community had been put forward as part of the County of Inverness Development Plan.

The proposal included a town centre, transport and other facilities plus a site for a university.

Following a public inquiry, William Ross, Secretary of State for Scotland, approved some of the proposals for the first five-year phase but asked the regional council to reconsider the longer-term proposals for housing and roads, particularly with regard to the question whether a development with a smaller population would allow the development of communities with individual identities at Balloch, Smithton, Culloden and Cradlehall.

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