In March 2017, the first residents of the Highland’s newest town began to move in to their homes.
A milestone was reached in the work to realise the vision of Moray Estates for a new town between Inverness and Nairn. The first residents took possession of their new homes on Saturday 18 March 2017.
As the first residents moved in, John Stuart, Earl of Moray, said: “Today is the culmination of many years planning and research into how to create a new town which is a special place to live and fosters a strong sense of community.
“We’re delighted that so many people share our enthusiasm for great design and want to come and live here. The real heart of any community is its residents and it is tremendous to be able to welcome them.”
Construction of the first phase of 200 homes at Tornagrain is well underway with 42 of the properties built by house builders ZeroC and A & J Stephen already reserved. Interest has also been shown in three of the commercial properties.
Infrastructure work at Tornagrain has been supported by a £7 million funding package from Bank of Scotland. All homes benefit from Fibre to the Home broadband.
Tornagrain has started life as a village which will expand in planned phases over 50 or 60 years. Ultimately it will be home to more than 10,000 people, a town similar in size to Nairn or Forres. When completed the new town will include some 80 hectares of parks and open spaces, three primary schools and one secondary school. Shops, offices, libraries, churches, healthcare and leisure facilities and community halls all form part of the blueprint.
Michael Thomson, relationship director at Bank of Scotland, said “Tornagrain has been a very exciting project to be part of. It’s not very often that new communities are created, and this is the first of its kind in the Highlands for many years. Housing construction is vital to the Scottish economy, contributing £1.6 billion per year. We are therefore proud to be delivering the support the sector needs to meet the rising demand for affordable housing in the Highlands.”
Tornagrain is one of the eleven exemplar projects selected by the Scottish Government as part of the Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative. The scheme aims to improve the quality of the planned environment by encouraging the creation of places, designed and built to last, where a high quality of life can be achieved.