Muirtown & South Kessock Development

Following a series of consultations during 2014, a draft Development Brief has been prepared for the Muirtown and South Kessock area of Inverness.

Following a series of consultations during 2014, a draft Development Brief has been prepared for the Muirtown and South Kessock area of Inverness. Scottish Canals, in partnership with The Highland Council and the Scottish Government, ran a series of interactive design workshops which involved a range of stakeholders, community groups and representatives who came together to create a shared vision and plan for the area. We gathered some very useful feedback, including ideas for new development land, improved transport connections, improved green spaces, and more diverse uses for Muirtown Canal Basin.

The draft Muirtown and South Kessock Development Brief highlights the opportunities that exist for development and regeneration within the area. The purpose of this development brief is to guide what can happen in the future.

The development brief aims to address a number of issues and opportunities in the area, including:

  • Enabling business and housing development and recreational areas around the Muirtown Basin
  • Potential for increasing housing choice
  • Addressing flood risk issues in the area
  • Improving transport connections, particularly walking, cycling and public transport, but also road layout to improve safety
  • Enhancement of green networks
  • The role of Telford Retail Park and Carse Industrial Estate as important business and employment centres

The Muirtown and South Kessock Development Brief can be viewed online or at the following locations:

  • Development and Infrastructure Service Reception, Highland Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, IV3 5NX; or
  • Merkinch Community Centre, Coronation Park, Inverness IV3 8AD.

The Brief Boundary encompasses areas of Muirtown and South Kessock .

For further information on the development brief please visit www.highland.gov.uk/msk, email devplans@highland.gov.uk or call 01349 886606.

Notes to Editors

Muirtown Basin presents a fantastic opportunity for both land and water based development which in turn will lead to a new waterfront city quarter with a cultural and civic extension of Inverness City Centre.

The basin itself comprises a 12 acre waterspace in a fantastic setting, with scope for residential and leisure development. The existing Seaport Marina has 60 berths and there are plans to extend this further with additional potential for a floating restaurant, hotel and homes interspersed with land based development largely on the north-west shore.