The transformation of part of a blaze-hit Inverness hospital into an up-market housing development could soon be completed.
Robertson Homes revealed yesterday that the developer was ready to finish the redevelopment of Gleann Mor House at the former Craig Dunain psychiatric hospital, Westercraigs.
The £13million scheme would create 26 luxury townhouses and 30 executive apartments at the house, which was built in 1864.
The landmark Craig Dunain building was gutted by a blaze in September 2007, causing more than £5million of damage.
The first phase of the restoration of Gleann Mor House involved the creation of 12 luxury apartments and was completed in 2011.
The proposal to complete the restoration was submitted to Highland Council last week, just days after the same developer lodged an application for another 50 new homes at the Westercraigs site.
A total of £20million will be spent on the two schemes, if approved, and work will start next year on both, with the first homes expected to be occupied in 2017.
John Murphy, managing director of Robertson Homes, said: “We are really pleased to submit these proposals. Built in 1864 Gleann Mor House is an historic building that was badly damaged by fire.
“The luxury homes in Gleann Mor House, with an abundance of bay windows, turrets and a raft of unique features, will offer something new in the Inverness market and will complement the modern, spacious family homes we hope to build in and around Ruihard House.
“We expect significant demand, particularly as we near completion of the West Link Road, dramatically improving road connectivity to the area.
“Our plans are to create a sustainable semi-rural community at Westercraigs, including play facilities, green space and community facilities. We are also moving forward with plans to upgrade the link road to the A82.”
Muirton Community Council has objected to the plans announced last week for 50 homes at Westercraigs.
Chairman James Kidd said: “We would be happy to see them doing the old hospital, but we have concerns that they haven’t upgraded the road down to the A82.
“Before they do any more development they should comply with the terms of the original planning consent.”