Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust have announced that three of their six bids to the Innovation and Investment fund have been approved by the Scottish Government.
In addition to this, the Highlands Small Communities Housing
Trust (HSCHT) is selling land in Gairloch to Highland Council to
enable their successful Innovation Fund bid for the building
of eight new council houses.
The bids approved by the Scottish Government are for the
Helmsdale Community Housing Project - four units for social
rent. HSCHT are acting as the lead co-ordinator in this exciting
community led project. Working together with Helmsdale Development
Community Group, Highland Council and Albyn Housing Association,
the project will provide community owned rented homes for local
Self Build Partnering Project - 15 units for shared equity (over
five years). This funding will provide a rolling short term finance
option for self-builders to enable the provision of Low Cost Home
Ownership (LCHO) through a Shared Equity Scheme. By attaching the
Rural Housing Burden to the plots, the houses will be secured as
affordable housing in perpetuity.
Lochaline - two units. Ardtonish Estate and HSCHT are working in
partnership to provide a new type of affordable rent option to the
area. The mid-market rent scheme will provide high quality housing
that is low cost to run for the tenants. Best practice guidance
will be drawn from the experiences gained on this project to assist
other rural communities and estates in the future.
News Source: Scotland:National Rural Network