Council housing development to proceed in Inverness
Planning permission has been granted for the first phase of a housing development on the outskirts of Inverness.
The Highland Council will deliver 298 homes in total on farmland south east of Balloch Farm. 49 affordable homes will be constructed in phase one.
To counter the loss of green space due to the development, a large area of grassland will be created between Barn Church Road and the access to Balloch Farm House.
This area will be landscaped with trees, shrubs and grasses. A trim trail playpark will cater for all ages, with balance beams, stepping logs, ladder walks and chin-up bars.
Other pockets of landscaping with trees and shrubs will be dotted around the site, and private gardens laid to grass.
The council has also agreed to retain most of the woodland to the north-east of the development. While some trees will be felled, the council says it will add “mixed woodland planting” including low-growing trees such as acer, alder, birch, hawthorn, aspen and willow.
A special entrance to the development will feature a curved stone wall and seating area, with steel information panels outlining the history of the area.
The development is designed to reduce car speeds and encourage people to choose active forms of travel. Road narrowing and raised junction tables will slow cars down, and wide footpaths and cycle lanes will feature alongside roads.