Plans to raze Inverness city car park for hotel
THE first official steps have been taken to get planning approval for ambitious proposals to demolish a car park and build a new much-needed hotel in Inverness city centre.
The Rose Street development went before to the south planning application committee on Tuesday so Highland Council could be officially notified by developers SRP Ltd.
It was the members’ first chance to formally put their views on record about the project and Inverness West Councillor Bill Boyd, called for it to be considered alongside the Academy Street redevelopment.
“It seems this forthcoming application should be considered with the major developments around Academy Street. We need a joined-up strategy and should not look at these bits separately,” he said.
“Currently, buses leave the station via Margaret Street. Demolition could open up the station to the back – to Rose Street and the Rose Street roundabout and the Longman.”
Cllr Richard Laird wanted details on whether coach tours would be a “significant” proportion of the guests because it could pose access issues. He added that it was important the hotel did not become “an exceedingly dominant feature.”