Morary Estates Development Company Ltd

Situated roughly midway between Inverness and Nairn on the A96, the new town of Tornagrain has been a long time in the making. After around ten years of planning and design, including a ground-breaking community consultation process, it is finally starting life as a village and will expand in planned phases over 50 or 60 years. The landowner and developer is Moray Estates, the property holdings of the Earl of Moray and his family.

The first phase, begun in summer 2016, will see around 200 homes – flats, terraced, semi-detached and detached houses – being built over the next five years. It will also include commercial properties and a variety of open spaces.

Funding for infrastructure

Ultimately, Tornagrain will be home to more than 10,000 people – similar in size to nearby Nairn and Forres. There will be around 5,000 homes, almost 80 hectares of parks and green spaces, three primary schools and a secondary school. Shops, libraries, churches, healthcare facilities and community halls are all part of the masterplan.

Bank of Scotland has provided a £5.5million financing facility for the next three years to turn the vision for the new town into reality. This includes funding for the installation of much-needed infrastructure such as a waste water pump-away scheme.

Bank of Scotland has provided a £5.5million financing facility for the next three years to turn the vision for the new town into reality. This includes funding for the installation of much-needed infrastructure such as a waste water pump-away scheme.

“We are long-term supporters of Moray Estates and are proud to contribute to the first new town built in Scotland for over 50 years,” says Michael Thomson, Relationship Director at the Bank of Scotland.

“The population of the north is expected to increase by 15% in the next 20 years, which means we will see an increasing demand for new housing. This development will not only bring new homes to the area but will help the region prosper,” he adds.

Sustainable town

“Our vision has always been that Tornagrain will be a very special place to live, with homes of the highest standard and a design that nurtures a strong sense of community,” explains John Stuart, Earl of Moray.

The new town is one of the eleven exemplar projects in the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Communities Initiative, which aims to improve the quality of the planned environment by encouraging the creation of places, designed and built to last, and offering a high quality of life.

The masterplan for Tornagrain is inspired by the New Urbanism movement, which advocates a return to traditional town planning to create sustainable towns that are walkable and reduce the need for car use.

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“Our vision has always been that Tornagrain will be a very special place to live, with homes of the highest standard and a design that nurtures a strong sense of community.”

John Stuart, Earl of Moray