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New plans to extend Inverness retail park unveiled

The site to be redeveloped at Inshes Retail Park
The site to be redeveloped at Inshes Retail Park

Major plans to extend an out of town shopping park in Inverness have been unveiled.

A drive-through restaurant and two large shops would be created if the plans at Inshes Retail Park are approved.

Edinburgh-based Corran Properties has submitted a planning application to Highland Council on behalf of landowner Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.

The development would involved the demolition of the disused Blockbuster Video store at the southern end of the shopping park, and also the Harry Ramsden’s chip shop.

No one from Corran Properties was available for comment yesterday but a planning statement lodged by Pritchett Planning Consultancy said that the new development would complete the park.

The site has been broadly undeveloped since the park was established.

The most recent development on the site was a new unit to accommodate Dunelm Mill and the two proposed retail units will use the same materials.

According to planning documents, permission already exists for an extension however the shops in the new proposal would be smaller in size.

These are the second plans for further retail space in the Inshes area.

The same developer lodged plans for a separate piece of ground at Dell of Inshes last year.

The proposals included 50,000sqft of shop space, a family pub and restaurant, and 13 community allotments.

However the plans did attract opposition from the Eastgate Shopping Centre in the centre of Inverness.

The owners F&C REIT Asset Management claimed that the extension could have an impact on the city centre.

The plans have yet to go before councillors.

Meanwhile another city retail park is in line for a revamp. An application has been lodged to convert three shop units at the Inverness Retail Park on the A96 Inverness-Aberdeen road into three restaurants.

Planning documents lodged by owners the Hercules Unit Trust reveal that Frankie and Benny’s, Nando’s and TGI Fridays are the proposed operators.

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