New justice centre planned for Inverness industrial estate
August 3 2016
Located off Burnett Road the three storey scheme will stretch to 6,000sq/m and will consist of courts, offices, a cafe and ancillary accommodation adjacent to an existing police station to the south and the former Inverness College to the north.
This work will necessitate the demolition of existing buildings on 3.5 acres of land and an application for full planning permission is expected over the next three months.
In their EIA screening opinion agents GVA wrote: “The surrounding area is of a light business and industrial character and the design of the development will take full cognisance of this.”
Ina statement the SCTS said: “The SCTS has submitted a pre-planning major development enquiry (not a planning application) for a site at the former bus depot to obtain the views of Highland Council in principle to the suitability of this site as a potential site for the Inverness Justice Centre. This is part of a due diligence process being undertaken by the SCTS prior to making any decision on the Justice Centre location.
“We are committed to the delivery of a new justice centre in Inverness and the scoping work, centre design and engagement with partners continues while we seek to secure the right site."
It is expected that construction will begin by the end of the year for completion by summer 2018, whereupon the existing centre in Inverness Castle will be closed – allowing it to be transformed into a tourist attraction.
The new project will dovetail with delivery of HMP Highland in Milton of Leys.
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