Here are some of the photos taken when Kevin Stewart the Minister for Housing visited the City Region Deal development at Raining's Close in Inverness.
Due to complete in October 2018, the 16 new homes and one commercial unit brings much needed housing for young people living and working in the Highlands and those wishing to return to the region, reinvigorating this area of the City.
With funding from the Scottish Government’s City Region Deal, the development is a partnership with the Highland Housing Alliance and The Highland Council, built by Ark Estates Scotland Ltd and William Gray Construction.
One, 2 bedroom and five, 1 bedroom apartments will be allocated at an affordable rent from The Highland Council and ten, 2 bedroom apartments will be allocated at a mid-market rent initiative from the Highland Housing Alliance and HHA Homes.
The mid-market initiative at Raining’s Close, is specifically targeted at people working in the Highlands who are unable to raise the initial deposit for a mortgage to purchase a home on the open market because of funding shortages. The intention of the initiative is to enable home ownership in the future, as tenants will be able to buy the homes they are allocated within a specific time frame. The rents for these homes will be above the level of housing association and council rents but will be below current private rental levels for similar properties in the area.