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130 new homes planned for Slackbuie area of Inverness

By Nicola Sinclair, Local Democracy Reporter

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Construction work is under way at a site in Slackbuie, with proposals now to add to the number of homes there.
Construction work is under way at a site in Slackbuie, with proposals now to add to the number of homes there.

Tulloch Homes has submitted a proposal of application notice which is up for discussion at Highland Council’s south planning committee.

If approved, it will add 130 affordable and private homes to Slackbuie, in the south of Inverness.

The application site extends over 5.82 hectares and lies to the south east of the existing Slackbuie housing development by the McGinnis Group.

According to the Tulloch Homes website, the new development will be accessed via a loop road off Earls Gate. The developer will protect the existing woodland, and says landscaping will be integral to the new neighbourhood.

The 130 houses will be arranged in an outward facing block pattern, so that open public spaces and paths are overlooked. Tulloch Homes say this makes them “safe and attractive” for residents.

The development also features several active travel corridors, linking up to existing footpaths on the site.

Details about the size and style of the new properties will be decided at a future planning meeting. However, Tulloch Homes says the houses will include solar panels and have provision for future electric vehicle charging points.

The wider area has seen massive growth in recent years, with new housing developments in Milton of Leys to the south east and Inshes and Drakies to the north.

Tulloch Homes held public consultation events on February 9 and March 1 to gain feedback on its plans for Slackbuie.

At present, the Slackbuie development is at the initial proposal stage. The planning notice is up for consideration at a meeting of Highland Council’s south planning committee to be held tomorrow.

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