Key mo­ment for is­lan­ders

The Oban Times - - News -

A NEW de­vel­op­ment has been wel­comed by is­lan­ders hard pressed to find af­ford­able homes.

Twenty new homes have just been built at Seal­ladh na Mara, Bowmore, Is­lay, by Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ACHA). The 20 prop­er­ties in­clude 10 one-bed and 10-two bed homes.

The to­tal cost of the homes was £ 3,084,922, with con­tri­bu­tions from the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment, ACHA, Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil and Scot­tish Wa­ter.

The de­vel­op­ment is the first part of Pro­ject Shore­line in­volv­ing ACHA, Holy­rood, the coun­cil and Is­lay Es­tates.

Its ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive is to pro­vide 200 new homes for Bowmore. ACHA has a wait­ing list of 144 for homes-to rent on Is­lay. Alastair MacGre­gor, ACHA’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: ‘This is a proud day for us. We have built 20 new homes on Is­lay. The is­land is a grow­ing suc­cess story for Ar­gyll with a vi­brant tourism, agri­cul­ture and whisky sec­tor.

‘How­ever, we need homes to sup­port this de­vel­op­ing econ­omy and this de­vel­op­ment will de­liver that.’

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