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Five schools for planned new town

Tornagrain plans
The proposed town would provide about 5,000 new homes

Plans for a new town near Inverness include five schools, about 5,000 homes and parkland.

The site at Tornagrain stands in what is known as the A96 corridor between Inverness and Nairn.

Moray Estates appointed US planning consultant Andres Duany and his company DPZ to guide the design of the town.

A planning application has now been submitted to Highland Council and, if approved, construction work could begin in 2013.

Andrew Howard, managing director of Moray Estates, said: "We aim to create a very special place - somewhere people want to live and work and which is sustainable in the long-term.

"We were very impressed from the outset by Andres Duany and his firm, who are leading advocates of a return to traditional town planning and who have moved away from the approach which has led to sprawling suburbs with few facilities."

Exhibitions and workshops to develop the plans were attended by about 600 local people and Mr Howard said the community had been closely involved in the design process.

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