Highland Housing Alliance completes City Region Deal developments



Melissa Kirby, a new resident at Raining’s Close, Inverness

Eleven new homes across two developments have been completed by the Highland Housing Alliance with a further 10 homes due for completion at the end of October.

The new homes – six at Munlochy and five at Drumnadrochit and 10 at Raining’s Close in Inverness – will be rented out at mid-market rental levels to families and people living and working in the Highlands and those wishing to return to the region.

Raining’s Close brings much needed housing to local people and families, reinvigorating a brownfield area of Inverness. The development features 16 apartments built in three staged sections that flow to create a single contemporary development. The homes are fitted to a high modern specification including floor coverings and fully fitted kitchens. The development also features attractive residents’ walkways with landscaping and planting, natural stone walls and vertical timber cladding around the buildings and secure cycle storage is located behind the commercial unit.

The new developments at Drumnadrochit and Munlochy bring much needed housing to local people helping to meet high demand for homes in these areas. Drumnadrochit comprises one, two bedroom bungalow; two, two bedroom homes and two, three bedroom homes with a family sized turfed garden. Munlochy comprises six, three bedroom semi-detached houses. Each home benefits from fitted floor coverings, blinds, an oven, hob, extractor unit and a fridge freezer, designed from high quality, modern materials with good levels of insulation.

With funding from the Scottish Government’s City Region Deal, the developments by Highland Housing Alliance have been developed in partnership with The Highland Council and Albyn Housing Society.

The mid-market initiative is specifically targeted at people working in the Highlands. The rents for these homes will be below current private rental levels for similar properties in the area.

Highland Housing Alliance chief executive, Gail Matheson, said: “We are delighted to be making a further 21 homes available for mid-market rent that meet high demand for new housing at Drumnadrochit and Munlochy, and regenerating the Raining’s Stairs area in the City of Inverness. The developments have been delivered in collaboration with The Highland Council, Scottish Government and City Region Deal to bring affordable, well designed, high quality homes to people and families from both within the local area and those wishing to return to the region.”

Melissa Kirby a resident at Raining’s Close, said: “After living in a modern apartment in London, I am absolutely thrilled to move into a new home that brings modern city living to the Highlands. It is very central with access to everything from restaurants, shopping and travel right on my doorstep. I am really looking forward to meeting my neighbours as well as enjoying the amazing views from my apartment across the city.”



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