THE regeneration of Inveraray will take a major step forward thanks to a major masterplan for the landmark town.
The Inveraray Project Masterplan is part of a wide-ranging programme to regenerate and revitalise the historic planned town.
Included in the programme is the renovation of five landmark buildings, the last of which is set to be completed this summer.
A development of 180 homes, community facilities, tourism and hotel provision, and business units are included in the masterplan.
It follows substantial investment in Inveraray by the council, which is spearheading a £2 million-plus conservation project.
Angus Gilmour, the council’s head of planning and regulatory services, said: “The Inveraray Project Masterplan is key to unlocking the full potential of Inveraray as a place in which to live and invest.
“It is vital in the continued regeneration of the town and will play an important role in helping grow the economy of Argyll and Bute.
“A great deal has already been done in Inveraray by the council and its partners to regenerate the town. This important plan will enhance those significant improvements.”
The plan also makes provision for play parks, and for at least 45 of the new homes to be affordable housing.
Land between two existing housing developments in the west of the town has been earmarked in the plan for the homes.
The masterplan is part of the council’s Local Development Plan, which outlines major infrastructure proposals for the next five years.
The major conservation project has seen the restoration of four historic buildings – the Town House, Chamberlain’s House, the Old Temperance Hotel and Relief Land. Work on a fifth building, Arkland, is expected to be complete by summer.
The council has invested £350,000 and Historic Environment Scotland £970,000 in the conservation of these important buildings as part of the Inveraray Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Investment also came from the property owners, Argyll Community Housing Association and private sector housing grant, bringing the total funding to more than £2 million.