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Major development on Moray Firth makes progress

Words: Roger Milne
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Developers have taken a step towards establishing a large housing and leisure development on land formerly used as an oil fabrication base on the shores of the Moray Firth.

Ardersier Port Ltd, which acquired the location in 2016, has now lodged an updated environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the 307-hectare site with the Highland Council.

The proposals include nearly 2,000 homes, a marina, boatyard, yacht club, visitor centre, nature conservation zone and hotel. Also suggested are shops and restaurants, community and education facilities and a health centre.

Outline planning permission for development at the location was originally granted in 2007 and renewed in 2013.

Derby-based Ardersier Port Ltd has also proposed redeveloping the former McDermott Yard at Whiteness for offshore energy activities.

At its height, the oil rig fabrication yard employed about 4,500 people, but it closed in 2001 as demand dwindled.

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