New site for HMP Highland identified

The Scottish Prison Service has confirmed that they have identified a new site for the new HMP Highland. The site which had not been available to SPS previously is located to the rear of Inverness Retail Park and extends to approximately 7.2 hectares.

Neighbouring land uses include the retail park, two business parks and the University of the Highlands and Islands as well as the site being bound on one side by a railway line.

This alternative site at Inverness Retail Park is deemed suitable for a development as a prison.

Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service Colin McConnell said:

“An agreement has now been concluded with the site owners and SPS intend to pursue a planning application for the site in due course. The application for the site will of course include the normal community consultation processes.

“SPS do not intend to pursue any further interest in the site at Milton of Leys.”

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson said:

“I’m pleased that SPS have now reached this stage and look forward to the development of a new fit for purpose prison which can provide suitable accommodation for people in custody from the Highlands and Islands – keeping them closer to their families and their communities. Alongside our investment, through the Scottish Courts & Tribunal Service, in a new Justice Centre for the city, this latest milestone underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving the effectiveness and experience of the justice system for the people of the Highlands”.