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Inverness hotel development site work is approved

By Ian Duncan

Artist’s impression of the new hotel.
Artist’s impression of the new hotel.

PLANS to demolish an existing substation and replace it with a new one as part of an Inverness hotel development have been approved.

It comes after Highland Council approved plans for the hotel at the site of a former swimming pool in Glebe Street.

This was the next stage for the applicant, Amsterdam-based Vastint Hospitality, and the latest planning application will also see the consolidation of hard and soft landscaping at the development.

According to the decision notice, no development, site excavation or groundwork will start until all retained trees have been protected against construction damage using protective barriers.

Once completed the 175-bedroom, four-star hotel will occupy what has been described as one of the most prominent sites in the Highlands. Previous applications for the hotel development – set to be operated as part of the Marriot AC brand – had been rejected because councillors were not being entirely happy designs.

A revised application, which was reduced in height, was finally approved in December.

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