Affordable housing drive in Inverness continues as first tenants move in

THE Highland Housing Alliance has handed keys over to the first tenants at the new Balloan Road housing development in Inverness, after WGC Ltd completed work on the 16-home project.

Situated next to Castle Heather Park, work finished as scheduled after work on the project began in the summer of 2018.

Six three-bedroom homes for mid-market rent have been built, alongside 10 one- and three-bedroom affordable homes which have since been handed over to The Highland Council.

The development represents a wider push from The Highland Council to provide more affordable housing for the city of Inverness, including a range of mid-market properties managed by the Highland Housing Alliance – of which they have now provided 33 this year, with a further 12 sites in development which will bring the overall number to 92 homes.

Gail Matheson, chief executive at the Highland Housing Alliance, said, “Balloan Road is a very popular central location in Inverness, and we have had an overwhelming response from applicants in the lead up to site completion. Providing a varied mixture of high quality homes for tenants, the development offers something for everyone which is reflected by the range of tenants who have since moved in.

“We will continue to work with The Highland Council to help support the build of new, quality homes which are in line with local requirements and also help attract younger generations and families to live in The Highlands.”

The provost of Inverness, councillor Helen Carmichael, added, “Increasing the number of high quality and affordable homes for rent is one of Highland Council’s priorities so I am delighted that our close partnership with the Highland Housing Alliance over this development has been such a success. Everyone involved should feel proud of their hard work.

“Good quality, affordable housing helps people to enjoy better health and achieve their full potential. Good housing also contributes to stronger communities that benefit everyone living in them. We look forward to working closely with the Highland Housing Alliance on more exciting housing projects across the city and I wish everyone moving into Balloan Road many years of happiness in their new homes.”