An Inverness neighbourhood is in line for a £1.5million retail park that will create up to 40 jobs.
An Aberdeen firm has submitted a planning application for Culduthel.
If it is approved, the development will cost in the region of about £1.5 million and comprise of four retail units, as well as 23 individual parking spaces, a service vehicle turning area and an enclosed bin collection point.
Following their applications submission, West Coast Estates director Iftikar Mian said: “The submission of the planning application is an important milestone for our aspirations for the empty site at Culduthel Avenue. Our ambition is to create a high-quality, neighbourhood retail centre that benefits the local community, bringing a new retail offer, as well as new job opportunities to the area.
“This significant investment will be a real boost for not just Culduthel, but Inverness as a whole.”
It’s estimated that between 30 to 40 jobs will be created through the development, and the company suggests it has a number of high-quality retailers in line to fill it.
The site was previously granted permission back in 2010 for a four retail unit but was refused following a second application in 2016 for four retail units and the potential for one hot foot takeaway.
The application was put forward to the Highland Council this week and – depending on getting the go-ahead from the council – construction is expected to begin around May next year, with the first retailer expected to open its doors towards the end of the year.
West Coast Estates is a private, family-owned development company, founded in Aberdeen in 1991. The company has delivered similar developments across the country, including the new retail centre in Conon Bridge.