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Muirtown and South Kessock Charrette Report KMA · PDF file Kevin!Murray!Associates! 3! TheMuirtown!and!South!Kessock!Charrette!! 26D27February2014,1D2April2014!! SponsoredjointlybyScottishCanalsandtheHighlandCouncil

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    Muirtown  and  South  Kessock  Charrette   Stage  1:  26  +  27  February  2014   Stage  2:  1  +  2  April  2014     Introduction  and  Background         3     Key  Issues               4       The  Design  Workshop  Event         7     Technical  Session  Outcomes         16     Stage  1  Final  Outcomes         18     Stage  2               26                        

            Stage  2  Feedback             39     Next  Steps             41     Appendix  A:  Attendance         42     Appendix  B:  Additional  Stakeholder  Feedback   43     Appendix  C:  Projects  –  Interim  Assessment     47                   Design  Team:   Michael  Laird  Architects   Anderson  Bell  Christie  Architects   Rankin  Fraser  Landscape  Architects   Fairhurst   Kevin  Murray  Associates  

         

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    The  Muirtown  and  South  Kessock  Charrette     26-­‐27  February  2014,  1-­‐2  April  2014     Sponsored  jointly  by  Scottish  Canals  and  the  Highland  Council,   with  support  from  the  Scottish  Government,  the  Muirtown   and  South  Kessock  charrette  focused  on  an  area  in  the  north   of  Inverness  between  the  Muirtown  Basin,  which  is  land  under   the  ownership  of  Scottish  Canals,  and  The  mouth  of  the  River   Ness,  which  is  an  area  that  the  Highland  Council  are  seeking  to   regenerate.  The  brief  for  this  area  was  to  consider  it  as  a   whole,  particularly  the  connections  in  the  area  and  how  it   adjoins  the  city  centre,  but  with  two  different  levels  of  detail.   The  land  around  Muirtown  Basin  was  to  be  the  subject  of  a   masterplan,  while  the  South  Kessock  area  was  to  be  the   subject  of  a  development  framework.     At  the  end  of  the  first  of  the  charrette,  the  design  team  had   established  the  key  areas  for  change  and  some  design  and   regeneration  principles  for  the  future.  Stakeholders,  members   of  the  community  and  local  politicians  played  a  key  role  in   directing  the  design  team  on  how  Muirtown  Basin  and  South   Kessock  related  to  each  other,  and  to  the  surrounding  core  communities  in  Scorguie  and  the  city  centre.  In  addition  to  this  key  characteristics   emerged  such  as  the  relationship  the  area  has  with  the  sea,  the  different  layers  of  heritage  and  the  unique  local  nature  reserve.  Key  areas  for   change,  where  development  or  other  physical  change  would  have  the  greatest  positive  impact,  were  identified  as  the  B+Q  site,  the  canal  basin   itself  and  Clachnaharry  which  requires  physical  change  to  remedy  access  issues,  mitigate  fast-­‐flowing  traffic  and  to  emphasise  the  unique   character  of  it  as  a  village  on  the  edge  of  the  city.  

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      The  Highland  Council  will  use  the  outcomes  from  the  charrette  process  to  inform  their  local  development  plan,  while  Scottish  Canals  will  use   the  masterplan  to  guide  investment  in  their  assets  at  Muirtown  Basin.  There  is  commitment  to  make  the  area  more  connected,  and  to   reinvigorate  the  city’s  relationship  with  the  sea.     Key  Issues     Uses   The  site  that  was  the  subject  of  the  charrette  has  3  distinctive  zones  of  use.  South  Kessock  is  a  residential  area,  with  council  build  and  part   owned  housing  stock  ranging  from  inter-­‐war  development  through  to  recent  in-­‐fill  developments.  Crossing  south  west  over  the  railway  the   area  is  primarily  industrial  with  motor-­‐trade  units  starting  to  become  popular.  Continuing  south  west  and  to  the  edge  of  Muirtown  Basin  a   retail  park  that  has  some  well  established  units  and  others  that  have  been  long-­‐term  vacant.  The  canal  basin  is  primarily  characterised  by   boating  activity,  but  with  few  supporting  leisure  uses.       Waterspace   The  canal  basin  represents  a  large  body  of  water,  forming  the  western  boundary  to  the  site.    The  inner  Beauly  Firth  forms  the  northern   boundary  to  the  site  and  the  River  Ness  forms  the  eastern  boundary.  This  waterspace  create  constraints  in  terms  of  flood  risk  and  access,  but  it   is  also  a  rich  asset  providing  multiple  opportunities  for  activity,  recreation  and  points  of  interest  such  as  the  old  ferry  terminal  which  is  a   popular  view  point  for  nature  in  the  firth  and  to  the  north.        

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    Connectivity  and  Physical  Barriers   The  site  is  in  close  proximity  to  Inverness  city  centre,  but  suffers  from  having  many  routes  that  are  indirect  due  to  physical  barriers  such  as  the   northern  railway  line  and  the  height  difference  between  the  canal  basin  and  the  area  to  the  east  of  it.        

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    Scottish  Canals  Context   The  Muirtown  Basin  is  the  starting  point  for  an  iconic  canal  journey  along  the  Caledonian  canal.  It  is  also  the  arrival  point  in  Scotland  for  many   visitors  who  sail  from  Scandinavia.  These  two  points  focus  the  importance  of  the  canal  basin  as  a  hub  for  visitors  and  recreational  water-­‐users.   Scottish  Canals  are  seeking  to  improve  the  functionality  of  the  canal  for  this,  but  also  to  enhance  it  for  local  residents  and  the  city  of  Inverness.   This  could  be  through  increased  leisure  uses  and  destinations  around  the  basin,  and  it  could  be  through  the  development  of  homes  on  land   combined  with  an  increased  number  of  living  on  water  units.     The  Highland  Council  Planning  Context   In  the  Inverness  Spatial  Strategy  Muirtown  Basin  and  South  Kessock  are  identified  as  a  regeneration  site.  Policy  6  in  the  Local  Development   Plan  states  that  a  masterplan  for  the  area  should  be  developed,  taking  into  consideration  the  following:  

    -­‐ The  transport  network   -­‐ Maximise  potential  for  jobs   -­‐ Safeguard  access,  recreation  and  environment  around  the  canal  basin   -­‐ Housing  provision  across  the  area.  

      The  Inner  Moray  Firth  Local  Development  Plan  has  identified  Muirtown  Basin  as  suitable  for  Business,  Community,  Tourism,  Leisure  and  30   homes.      

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    The  Design  Workshop  Event     The  Muirtown  Basin  and  South  Kessock  event  was  a  2+2  event,  split  between  part  one