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Planning permission to build homes designed to include home-working space at Inchmore near Kirkhill

By Val Sweeney

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A planning application has been lodged with Highland Council to build homes on a site at Inchmore near Kirkhill.
A planning application has been lodged with Highland Council to build homes on a site at Inchmore near Kirkhill.

Houses designed to include home-working space could be built on a site near Kirkhill.

An application has been lodged seeking planning permission in principal for a mix of homes on 16 plots at the site at Inchmore next to the A862.

It has been submitted on behalf of Sir James Horlick, of Newbury, and includes an indicative layout for housing with affordable homes, a village green, cycle track plus roads and services.

A statement submitted with the application says the individual houses will be designed to include home-working space, more especially for office use and also to accommodate opportunities for small individual businesses which complement the residential character of the development.

“The change in work/life patterns as a direct result of Covid is unlikely to alter as businesses adjust to enabling opportunities for home working,” it states.

“The internal layout and design of the proposed houses includes office space to address this change in emphasis on working from home.”

It also states an established local housing association has indicated that there is a recognised demand for affordable homes in the area and is keen to develop at least part of the site for a mix of housing tenures delivered through the usual funding mechanisms.

The statement continues: “In recognition of the aspirations of the Aird Community Trust (ACT) to provide a shared use path through Inchmore, the landowner has indicated a willingness to work with the trust and enable delivery of the section of path/cycleway that is included within his land.”

The application has been lodged with Highland Council.

In its response, the council’s flood risk management team has raised some concerns regarding the discharge to A862 roadside drainage ditch and advised the applicant to consult the local authority’s transport planning/area team.

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