Plans for £10m shops and ho­tel project win ap­proval

De­vel­op­ment ex­pected to open by 2020 with cre­ation of 100 jobs

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY MICHELLE HEN­DER­SON

A re­tail and hos­pi­tal­ity project at To­matin is to open its doors by Easter 2020 af­ter pro­pos­als for the multi-mil­lion-pound project were ap­proved.

The £10 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment at the To­matin junc­tion of the A9 is to be brought to fruition af­ter a decade.

The de­vel­op­ment – which has been com­pared to the House of Bruar fur­ther south – is the cre­ation of Wil­liam Frame of Brae­more Es­tates and it’s be­lieved that it will cre­ate 100 jobs for lo­cal res­i­dents, 70 of them long-term.

“Sup­port­ing theare­aby show­cas­ingthe be­stofthere­gion”

Once con­struc­tion works are com­plete, in about a year, the site will boast a 97-bed­room ho­tel, 200-seat restau­rant, shops, a driv­ethrough bak­ery, farm shops and a fill­ing sta­tion.

Mr Frame said: “Se­cur­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion is an im­por­tant step for­ward for To­matin and I am con­fi­dent our ho­tel and re­tail/ food vil­lage will be a valu­able ad­di­tion to the lo­cal area and the To­matin Trad­ing Com­pany will be part of the re­nais­sance of all things High­land.

“I have owned the site since 2005 and am proud to be play­ing my part in meet­ing the de­mand for quality, af­ford­able ho­tel rooms within close prox­im­ity of both Aviemore and In­ver­ness and the wide range of at­trac­tions on of­fer in the High­lands and Is­lands.

“We are also com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the area by show­cas­ing the best of the re­gion not only in the re­tail out­lets but through lo­cally-sourced pro­duce in the restau­rant and farm shop, which will rep­re­sent the best of Scot­tish food and drink.” Mr Frame was first granted plan­ning per­mis­sion in 2008 but failed to get the project off the ground due to the eco­nomic down­turn.

Coun­cil­lor Ken Gowans of In­ver­ness South: “I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted it has passed.

“All of this goes to­wards help­ing to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity of the ru­ral econ­omy in the area. At the mo­ment in To­matin the dis­tillery is a big em­ployer and sev­eral es­tates.

“This will add a whole new area of de­vel­op­ment and in­come stream and pro­vide lo­cal em­ploy­ment go­ing for­ward. It’s very good for the High­land econ­omy but will be extremely good in par­tic­u­lar for the To­matin area; for its sus­tain­able fu­ture.”

PRO­POSAL: De­signs for the mixed use de­vel­op­ment at To­matin, which will in­clude a ho­tel, food and re­tail out­lets and a fill­ing sta­tion

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