Plans submitted for new homes in Drumnadrochit

HIGHLAND Housing Alliance (HHA) has submitted a planning application for the creation of 15 new homes in Drumnadrochit.

The Inverness-based not-for-profit property development company said the proposals seek to transform derelict space into ‘much needed’ affordable housing options for the community.

Situated to the south of Drumnadrochit, the proposed project has been described as featuring a design and finish that complements the surroundings, including neighbouring residential developments.

HHA added that feedback from the pre-application stage has been actioned and the new plans include updates on open space, parking layout, and material features.

If approved, the homes would include bright open-plan living space with communal outdoor areas, secure cycle storage and private parking spaces. A bespoke stone wall is proposed to edge the development, which would also incorporate public art into the design.

Gail Matheson, chief executive of HHA, said, “Alongside Highland Council, we recognise that there is an acute demand for homes across the region and in a bid to retain the younger generation staying up north and locally, it is imperative that we provide suitable housing options.

“Alongside our key stakeholders and design team, we have refined plans to arrive at a well-considered and connected housing development that will be attractive to a range of prospective tenants which they can hopefully make their home. Our plans align with wider Highland Council objectives to boost the housing options and we are hopeful that we can progress with our vision in the months ahead.”

HHA said environmental factors have also been ‘instrumental’ as it ensures the development adheres to best practice for surface water drainage, sustainably sourced materials and includes vehicle charging points.