Plans for more than 400 houses in Upper Achintore

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Plans for two new housing developments in Fort William, totalling 438 properties, are in the pipeline.

The public were invited to give their views on Highlands Council’s plans to build houses at Upper Achintore, Fort William, during a public drop-in event at Lundavra Primary School last week.

The council plans to construct 38 mixed dwelling houses, for social rent and mid-market rent, on the site of the former Upper Achintore Primary School, which was demolished last month.

The drop-in event gave people a chance to find out more about the plans, to give feedback and put forward any comments and suggestions about the proposals.

In a separate development in Upper Achintore, at a site accessed via Connochie Road behind Lochaber Road, property developer Link Group  submitted a pre-planning application to build up to 400 houses last week. The company intends to submit a formal application for planning permission for phase one of the project, consisting of up to 200 dwellings, in the near future.

The first of two public exhibitions was held in Fort William last month where representatives will be available to discuss the proposal and answer questions. A second public event will be held in February 2019.

If both plans are approved, developers hope that construction on both developments will get under way by mid-2019.