26 May 2021

Work begins at £25 million Tulloch Homes Forres development

Tulloch Homes is beginning work on site at a new £25 million development at Knockomie, Forres – and the project will release £750,000 of benefit to the local community.

An archaeological dig has just been completed at the 7.6 hectare site on Grantown Road prior to the Highlands’ largest housebuilder starting to build 84 private and 28 affordable homes, along with a network of footpaths and cycle paths, a playpark and landscaped open space.

The development is to be named Woodroffe Grange.

The £750,000 is being made to Moray Council from the development under the developer contribution process, to be invested in local primary education, healthcare and sport and recreation facilities.

The land has been secured from Knockomie Inn, owned for the past 33 years by Gavin and Penny Ellis, and Mr Ellis commented: "It is extremely pleasing that there will be such significant direct community benefit triggered by this development.

“It has been a very positive experience to have liaised with Tulloch Homes to make this project work for the good of local people, who will also gain the advantage of the affordable homes involved.

“The launch comes as we reopen the Inn, which normally sustains 12 to 15 jobs, in accordance with Scottish Government restrictions.”

George Fraser, chief executive of Inverness-based Tulloch Homes, said: "This is our return to Moray after almost 25 years, and is in a particularly attractive setting, with a village green and woodland backdrop, meaning 37 per cent of the site will form publicly-accessible green space, almost double the 20 per cent laid down by planning policy.

“The timing is extremely helpful – for in our Inverness and Easter Ross developments we’ve seen a major surge in demand for homes with scope to allow people to work from home, close to green space and with leisure facilities nearby.

“Lifestyle reassessment, in the wake of Covid-19, is a major new factor in the homes market – and Knockomie is an ideal environment in that respect. Native woodland areas will be in the public space there and we’ll be extensively planting trees, hedges, shrubs and wild flowers to offer the kind of lifestyle people, whether local or incoming, increasingly wish.

“Forres, with its scenery and parks and other facilities, and ready links north and east, is the kind of attractive town to which people will certainly consider relocating.”

Jo McLaren, sales and marketing director of Tulloch Homes, said: "We’ll begin accepting reservations later this year, with the first phase being a mix of detached and semi-detached bungalows.

“We will be introducing a programme of community engagement to keep people up to date on the development and its progress. Forres will be the first development at which we introduce our new emphasis on biodiversity, including the selection of sustainable planting.”

The homes will comprise a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes plus one-bedroom apartments.

Tulloch Homes have won National House Builders Council awards three years in succession and four times in the past five years.

Click here to register interest in Woodroffe Grange.

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