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Tulloch & The Highland Council sign £6.1m affordable housing contract

8th November 2023

A row of new homes at The Maples, Inverness - built by Tulloch Homes

Tulloch Homes and The Highland Council has signed a £6.1m contract to design and build 27 affordable homes in Conon Bridge, near Inverness.

Working collaboratively with the council, Tulloch Homes will start work on the 3.9 acre site later this winter and expect to complete the homes in late 2025. The development will comprise a mix of social and mid-market rent and will ensure local people have access to high-quality, energy efficient housing.

The news follows two recent planning consents that Tulloch Homes secured to deliver homes in Conon Bridge South and Conon Bridge Riverford. Combined, the developments will meet a demand for homes in highlands, particularly given the recent establishment of the Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport (ICFGF). The major initiative is anticipated to create more than 10,000 new jobs in the Highlands and a further 6,000 across the UK, as well as attracting over £3 billion of fresh investment.

Sandy Grant, Managing Director of Tulloch Homes, said: “We have been working collaboratively with The Highland Council to agree this development which represents positive news for the community and will ensure high calibre homes are available locally, particularly with the introduction of homes for mid-market rent for hard working households.

“We know there is a need for both private and affordable homes and with the development of the freeport this will only become more acute, so we are pleased to be part of delivering this essential infrastructure.”

The Highland Council’s, Housing and Property Committee Chair, Cllr Glynis Campbell Sinclair said:

“Affordable housing is a key priority in the Council’s Programme and working collaboratively with Tulloch Homes to build new affordable homes in Conon Bridge, makes our commitment to delivering affordable, sustainable and energy efficient housing a reality. We have invested £6.1M in this project for 27 new affordable homes, allowing people, the opportunity to prosper and grow and in turn, supporting wider economic growth."

Calum MacPherson, CEO of Inverness and Cromarty Firth Green Freeport said:

“The success of the freeport will depend on collaboration between the public and private sector, so it is heartening to see contracts such as this agreed. We have the potential to future-proof the Highlands through job and wealth creation and a key part of this is ensuring workers have somewhere to call home, which is why we warmly welcome this news.”