The proposal for a new town at Tornagrain emerged just over 10 years ago in response to the rapid growth of the Inverness area. Moray Estates responded to the Highland Council’s strategy for the Inverness area by formulating plans for a new community of 12,000 residents, based on studies of many new and traditional communities throughout the UK and Europe.

Duany, Plater and Zyberk and Co. (DPZ), a US based architectural practice who are world leaders in traditional urbanism, were appointed following the extensive research of new and traditional communities.  In 2006 DPZ and Moray Estates held a Charrette, a week long public engagement and design process, and produced the masterplan. 

In 2012, the plan that arose from the Charrette received planning permission.  Since that time Moray Estates have been formulating plans for the first stage of development.

Tornagrain is an exemplar under the Scottish Governments Sustainable Communities Initiative.