New High­land ex­pan­sion

Work will be­gin this sum­mer on a new 1,500-home com­mu­nity on the out­skirts of In­ver­ness

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - Real Estate - Bev­er­ley Brown

ALANDMARK de­vel­op­ment by Ha­zle­dene In­ver­ness is set to trans­form Scot­land’s most northerly city and in­vig­o­rate the High­land econ­omy. The de­vel­op­ment will cre­ate a new com­mu­nity at Strat­ton on the out­skirts of In­ver­ness and will in­clude 1,500 new homes sur­round­ing a new town cen­tre with re­tail, leisure and com­mu­nity fea­tures. Con­struc­tion is sched­uled to start in Au­gust this year and the de­vel­op­ment will be closely linked to ex­ist­ing com­mu­ni­ties at Cul­lo­den, Smith­ton and Bal­loch.

Team meets the chal­lenge

MILLER HOMES’ lat­est and ar­guably most gru­el­ing fundrais­ing chal­lenge to raise funds for the global housing char­ity, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity, saw staff com­pet­ing in the char­ity’s Hope Chal­lenge, which took place in Der­byshire’s Hope Val­ley re­cently and in­volved four ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing con­struct­ing a shel­ter and tak­ing part in a 20km trek.

Pit­ted against col­leagues from other firms in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, Miller Homes’ Scotch on the Rocks team raised over £7,500, tak­ing the firm’s to­tal to date to over £28,000 to sup­port the char­ity’s global ac­tiv­i­ties. Prais­ing the Hope Chal­lenge team’s ef­forts, Miller Homes’ chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris En­sor, said: “It was an in­cred­i­ble ef­fort and as well as build­ing weather-proof shel­ters to sleep in, the team also demon­strated cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion by in­stalling front doors, a wel­come mat, chang­ing room and even a giant gnome!”

Park lodge for keen DIYer

AUCTIONHOUSE Scot­land has a prop­erty in its forth­com­ing auc­tion that could in­spire a keen do-up­per or buyer not put off by the fact that the prop­erty re­quires full mod­erni­sa­tion.

Aside from the main house, which is rich in pe­riod de­tail, the prop­erty also in­cludes a de­tached garage – and a three-roomed sum­mer­house in the gar­den. Built circa 1900, Mo­ray Lodge is a five bed­roomed de­tached house at Crof­tamie, within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Na­tional Park.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion cur­rently com­prises three public rooms (in­clud­ing a draw­ing room with beau­ti­ful wood pan­elled walls and ex­posed ceil­ing beams), sit­ting room, kitchen and dining room, pantry, util­ity, cloak­room and shower room, while a PRO­JECT: Sur­viv­ing orig­i­nal fea­tures in Mo­ray Lodge in­clude de­croa­t­ive wood pan­els. sweep­ing wood-pan­elled stair­case leads to five dou­ble bed­rooms (mas­ter with en-suite bath­room) and fam­ily bath­room.

A guide price of £320,000 has been set (Home Re­port Value £400,000) and as the sale is im­mi­nent – Thurs­day June 29, 2017 at 2pm – any­one in­ter­ested in bid­ding will need to act fast.

Skills drive launched

A NON-PROFIT skills ini­tia­tive – thought to be the first non-profit ed­u­ca­tional course of its kind to be launched in Scot­land – has launched in Scot­land to equip as­pir­ing house­builders and prop­erty de­vel­op­ers with the skills they need to se­cure fi­nance and build more homes.

The LendIn­vest Prop­erty De­vel­op­ment Academy in Ed­in­burgh was es­tab­lished by LendIn­vest, an on­line lender of prop­erty fi­nance.

Join­ing those at­tend­ing the two-day course to mark the Academy’s Scot­tish launch, housing min­is­ter Kevin Stewart MSP said: “It is essen­tial we get more en­ter­pris­ing de­vel­op­ers delivering the housing stock we need, where we need it most. Small de­vel­op­ers are essen­tial to a healthy prop­erty mar­ket and ini­tia­tives like the LendIn­vest Prop­erty De­vel­op­ment Academy demon­strate the op­por­tu­nity for in­dus­try, gov­ern­ment and com­mu­ni­ties to work to­gether to build more homes.”

TREK STARS: Scotch on the Rocks raised more than £7,500 for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

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