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New retail plan lodged for vacant site in Longman Industrial Estate, Inverness

By Neil MacPhail

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Aerial shot of the site.
Aerial shot of the site.

A plan has emerged to develop a vacant site in the Longman Industrial Estate into one or two non-food retail units.

The site is at 17 Longman Road, adjoining the existing premises of Dreams bed store and American Golf.

The application for planning permission to Highland Council is from Principal Development Ltd via its Inverness agent Adrian Fatol, of Mabbett and Associates, at Stoneyfield.

The intention is to develop the vacant area and add an additional commercial unit that could potentially be occupied by either one or two different businesses.

The site is accessed by car from Harbour Road via an existing access.

For the proposed extension with a floor area of 445 sq m, an additional 23 car parking spaces are required, and it is proposed to remove one of four small trees to accommodate the additional car parking requirement.

Aerial shot of the site.
Aerial shot of the site.

Mabbett’s design statement says: “The proposed site is in a prominent part of the town’s industrial area, adjacent to Longman Road, a very mixed-bag stylistically and in terms of architectural quality.

“Our building design is based on a very simple concept – a clean shape with contemporary finishes that would add value to street landscape. The south and west elevations will show large glazed areas towards Longman Road and Harbour Road, while the downpipes and any extractor terminals will be located on rear elevation, away from public eye.”

Earlier this month, it was reported the former Inverness College UHI campus site nearby was sold. That site is zoned by Highland Council for a mixed-use development, which could include office, leisure, retail, and service uses.

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