Black Isle MSP to meet with Rosemarkie housing developer following council green light

Kate Forbes MSP hopes to meet with housing developer Paterson Estates after they received a green light from Highland Council’s North Planning Committee for 50 new homes in Rosemarkie.

The constituency MSP for the Black Isle said she would respect the decision as it was a Highland Council matter, but wanted to discuss the plans in more detail and personally raise concerns from constituents.

Kate Forbes MSP had been contacted by worried residents in Fortrose and Rosemarkie, and the local community council also opposed the proposal for Greenside Farm.

The Black Isle MSP said: “I hope to meet with representatives from Paterson Estates in the near future to discuss their plans for 50 new homes at Greenside Farm in Rosemarkie in more detail.

“Many local residents from Fortrose and Rosemarkie have expressed concerns over traffic management, especially on Fortrose High Street as well as northbound queuing on the A9 at the Munlochy junction spilling onto the outside lane of the dual carriageway.

“These are legitimate issues.”

Kate Forbes MSP added: “Ultimately it’s a Highland Council matter, and on this occasion it appears that councillors believe the need for affordable housing on the Black Isle has outweighed their reservations about the increased strain on infrastructure.

“New homes will help the local economy, particularly given the current lack of affordable homes on the Black Isle as a whole. 

“New homes will also bring more families and young people to the area, and I hope that Highland Council will be making significant investment in Avoch Primary and particularly Fortrose Academy to ensure they can cope with additional numbers.”

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