Skye MSP sup­ports bid for Staf­fin homes

The Oban Times - - News -

SKYE MSP Kate Forbes has wel­comed a bid to build six new homes in Staf­fin by the area’s com­mu­nity trust.

Ms Forbes tabled a par­lia­men­tary mo­tion, and sent a let­ter to High­land Coun­cil, in sup­port of the plans, em­pha­sis­ing the de­vel­op­ment of new homes as ‘crit­i­cal for the fu­ture’.

If granted, it will be the first de­vel­op­ment of its kind in the north of the Isle of Skye since the late 1990s.

Ms Forbes said: ‘ The con­text to this ap­pli­ca­tion is that a study sug­gested that de­pop­u­la­tion could lead to the vil­lage’s pri­mary school hav­ing no pupils within a decade.

‘Against this back­drop, build­ing new homes to en­cour­age fam­i­lies to stay, and new ones to set­tle is vi­tal.

‘ There are six houses be­ing built, with own­er­ship be­ing di­vided be­tween the Staf­fin Com­mu­nity Trust, HHT ( High­land Homes Trust) and Lochalsh and Skye Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.’

She added: ‘ The houses are de­signed for new fam­i­lies mov­ing into the area, or to en­sure those with ex­ist­ing ties are able to re­main.

‘ The com­mu­nity coun­cil is in sup­port of the project, in­ter­est has been shown in the houses and money has been awarded to the project by the Scot­tish Land Fund.

‘I am of the be­lief that, in or­der for the High­lands to flour­ish, we need to en­cour­age peo­ple into the area and for that to take place, we need af­ford­able and sus­tain­able hous­ing.’

Pro­posed homes have been de­signed for new fam­i­lies to the area or those with Staf­fin ties.

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