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Work on 92-home Kiltarlity estate complete with handover of final builds to Highland Council from Highland Housing Alliance

By Staff Reporter

The team behind the Kiltarlity development after the last seven homes were handed over.
The team behind the Kiltarlity development after the last seven homes were handed over.

WORK on a 92-home development has been completed at Balgate in Kiltarlity and the final handover of seven new homes to Highland Council from Highland Housing Alliance has taken place.

It consists of mixed tenure properties – including privately owned, shared equity, affordable and mid-market rental properties – and is situated 12 miles west of Inverness.

Construction at the site began in December 2013 and, as of completion, only a few shared equity homes remain available.

Gail Matheson, chief executive at the housing alliance, said: “Highland Housing Alliance is pleased to hand over the final phase of seven new homes for shared equity to Highland Council. This completes the Balgate Mill site, formerly owned by Ark Estates, seeing a total of 92 homes delivered since construction began.

“The development is an excellent example of different ways housing can be delivered on one site. The range of mixed tenure available provides a full range of housing which is attainable for a broad cross section of the community.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the team which delivered these great-looking homes and we’re currently delivering a number of other similar developments across the Highlands.

“Well thought out sites such as Balgate Mill are crucial in helping meet government housing targets, and ensuring that we can provide high quality, affordable homes for everyone.”

Balgate Kiltarlity handover.
Balgate Kiltarlity handover.

Councillor Allan Henderson, the chairman of the council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee, said: “Success of the Balgate Mill site is testament to the work of all the partners involved – resulting in a full range of high quality housing in a beautiful location and with a variety of purchase and rental arrangements making the homes available to a broad range of people.

“The fact all units on the development are either purchased or rented out reflects the appetite for new homes in the Highland region.”

Planning permission for residential development of the former Balgate Sawmill site was originally granted in 2008.

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