Plans for £10m shops and hotel project win approval
Development expected to open by 2020 with creation of 100 jobs
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