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Huge Inverness housing scheme recommended for approval

December 7 2017

Huge Inverness housing scheme recommended for approval
Highland planners are recommending that councilors approve an application by Tulloch Homes to build 767 homes, recreational space and supporting infrastructure on land close to the West Link Road.

Designed by Bracewell Stirling Ness-side will be built in three phases the masterplan calls for a defined development edge to be established along the link road with a varied setback.

Stated design principles include an avoidance of ‘repetitive patterns of development’, ‘features’ within perimeter blocks and a division of continuous facades through use of paths and landscaping.

Detailed design work hasn’t yet been undertaken but Tulloch will strive to incorporate a variety of textures and finishes into the finished buildings.

A mix of properties will be offered within the development ranging from one-bedroom flats through to five bedroom houses.

The development will connect through to the River Ness
The development will connect through to the River Ness


#1 Posted by Sven on 7 Dec 2017 at 17:11 PM
There is a lot of dead space. Planners seem to like large areas of open 'community space' but reality is that tends to be grass land maintained by local home owners via a factor used by dog walkers as a toilet for their dogs.

Why close off the view of the river with trees? Why are the plots cut off from the river, why not make a feature of the riverside views? It may as well not be there despite most people would love a view of a river.

Why set the flats on a roundabout? Why not set them back with the car park on front with landscaping to soften it? Who really wants to look out onto a noisy roundabout?

A more elegant solution would be to enlarge each properties plot size and avoid large expanses of desert like grass.

Overall this is terrible.
Edward Harkins
#2 Posted by Edward Harkins on 7 Dec 2017 at 17:26 PM
"Huge", assuming that the context here is 'huge' for Inverness?
#3 Posted by Windyerneckin on 7 Dec 2017 at 20:26 PM
#2 I think 767 homes over a site that size would be considered huge for most places. What sort of jobs you delivering to be as patronising about a development the size of a small town?
Walt Disney
#4 Posted by Walt Disney on 8 Dec 2017 at 12:37 PM
I actually think the development plan is pretty good. Its a very open and permeable development with expensive single sided roads addressing open areas. If you look into the individual parcels there are some nice streets and spaces.

I never like those bits of no mans land of 6m of grass in front of houses and flats. That really is dead space with no urban value, but matbe this will get better in detail (doubtful as the landscape budget is always the first casualty). As for the buildings....meehhhh.
#5 Posted by Daniel on 11 Dec 2017 at 09:59 AM
This really puts paid to the idea that smaller developers produce better work than Top 10 housebuilders.
Highland Haggis
#6 Posted by Highland Haggis on 11 Dec 2017 at 16:55 PM
#1 - good point on the river views. Alas, the distributor road is built (opens today) so that is an opportunity missed.

The roundabout corner flats will look out of proportion and be too dominating for a low rise resi area IMHO.
D to the R
#7 Posted by D to the R on 11 Dec 2017 at 18:36 PM
'Designed' by ?!?! Hmmmm - It looks like a business park. The graphics are straight out of a Commodore 64
#8 Posted by E=mc2 on 12 Dec 2017 at 23:34 PM
#9 Posted by Holmer on 13 Dec 2017 at 14:14 PM
#1 The trees are existing.
#4 Agreed about the street layouts and permeability. Decent level of amenity etc..

The proposed development edge is not appropriate. It's a wonderful site on the dye of the city with views of the River Ness and foothills of the Great Glen. The Dores Rd approach, in particular, is a dense tree lined country road with cottages and country homes scattered along it. Yet this scheme sees fit to plonk 4 storey blocks hard against it as an appropriate gateway to the city?
#10 Posted by T.Bandula on 18 Dec 2017 at 10:47 AM
All you hear nowadays is "Lets reinvent Inverness"

Over 500 homes could be a great opportunity to showcase what could be possible for the future.
However these proposals suggest that the developers are back to their good old tricks. lets knock up some cheep ugly looking buildings from the late 90's.
I think there is a fundamental issue with the and the planners for continually allowing these monstrosities. Nobody has a seance of class or aspiration to build something that is easy on the eyes and makes people feel good, inspired, maybe even proud to live in Inverness.

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