A masterplan has been revealed to develop 400 homes and a commercial opportunity within Milton of Leys in Inverness.
Property group Park Lane, acting on behalf of site owner Hazledene and not-for-profit developer HHA, has submitted a proposal of application notice (PAN) to Highland Council.
If approved, the developers say the vacant 25.2 acre site will be transformed into an “attractive neighbourhood that would create a natural expansion of the existing homes that border the proposed development”.
Retention of existing trees and the creation of green space has been detailed in the plan, which will be further refined following feedback from the council and planned community consultation sessions with local residents.
A planning application is expected to be submitted later in 2022.
Brian Clarke, joint managing director at Park Lane, said: “Building on the success and popularity of new housing developments in Milton of Leys over the last five years our masterplan has been shaped to complement this and designed as an extension of the community.
“Now that the PAN has been submitted, we look forward to engaging with the local community to seek their thoughts and consider these as we shape the final design, should it get the go-ahead from Highland Council.”
Gail Matheson, chief executive at HHA, said the Highland-wide local development plan identifies “an acute need” for more affordable housing options.
She added: “Our vision will help to address this, alongside provide private, mid-market and low-cost home tenure and ownership options.
“We are hopeful that the Highland Council and local residents alike can see the wealth of economic and community benefits an additional 400 homes will bring to the area as we collectively look to future-proof the Highland’s economy and housing supply.”