Proposals unveiled to enhance Milton of Leys community

A masterplan to create approximately 400 homes and a commercial opportunity in Milton of Leys has been outlined.

Proposals unveiled to enhance Milton of Leys community

Aerial view of the proposed site

Property group Park Lane, acting on behalf of site-owner Hazledene, and not-for-profit developer HHA have submitted a proposal of application notice (PAN) to Highland Council demonstrating their intention to enhance the already thriving community with a range of high-quality homes attractive to a wide demographic of residents.

The currently vacant 25.2-acre site would be transformed into an attractive neighbourhood that would create a natural expansion of the existing homes that border the proposed development, if it is to get the green light.

Retention of existing trees and the creation of green space has been detailed in the masterplan, 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 that there is an acute need for more affordable housing options. 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.”

More information about the public consultation and details on how to attend, share views and feedback will be made available in the near future.

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