Plans to build a new town between Inverness and Nairn have won the backing of council planners.
The Tornagrain development would see the construction of almost 5000 homes, with new schools and parkland.
It is estimated the town would have a population of around 10,000
The development – put forward by the Moray Estates Development Company – would also include community facilities and space for retail, leisure and businesses.
If approved, construction will take place in phases over a 30 to 40-year period.
The council did receive 53 letters of representation. Some raised concerns including the loss of “prime agricultural land”, concerns of the effect on tourism and claiming there was “no demonstrable need”.
Highland councillors will visit the site next week before voting on the application.