Western Isles af­ford­able homes launch

The Oban Times - - News -

THE THIRD phase of an af­ford­able hous­ing devel­op­ment by the He­bridean Hous­ing Part­ner­ship (HHP) has been opened on the Iile of Lewis.

Hous­ing and lo­cal gov­ern­ment minister Kevin Ste­wart vis­ited Sand­wick, Lewis, on July 10 to launch Macken­zie Lane.

It is the third stage of the Macken­zie Park hous­ing com­plex on Mel­bost Farm, and com­prises 24 new homes.

The devel­op­ment brings the to­tal num­ber of homes com­pleted to 81, 51 of which are now for af­ford­able rent.

Mr Ste­wart was joined by HHP chief ex­ec­u­tive Dena Macleod, HHP vice chair­man (Com­mu­nity) Calum Mackay, and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar chief ex­ec­u­tive Mal­colm Burr, who talked to ten­ants from one of the prop­er­ties on the devel­op­ment.

Speak­ing at the open­ing, Mr Ste­wart said: ‘Ev­ery­one in Scot­land should have a safe and warm place to call home and I’m de­lighted our in­vest­ment has helped to make af­ford­able hous­ing a re­al­ity at Macken­zie Park, Sand­wick.

‘This devel­op­ment rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment and in­crease in hous­ing for the Western Isles, with the pro­vi­sion of 131 homes on com­ple­tion of the fi­nal phase and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment grant fund­ing to­talling £9.4 mil­lion. It has also made a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lo­cal com­mu­nity through cre­at­ing jobs and is a great ex­am­ple of how part­ner­ship work­ing can de­liver high qual­ity homes to suit the needs of peo­ple and fam­i­lies, al­low­ing them to re­main within their com­mu­ni­ties.’

The fi­nal phase of the project is un­der way and ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2019.

Last month it was an­nounced that the Western Isles will re­ceive £25mil­lion worth of in­vest­ment for af­ford­able hous­ing over the next three years.

Alas­dair Al­lan, Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP, wel­comed the open­ing.

He said in­creas­ing the sup­ply of af­ford­able homes in the Western Isles will ‘play a vi­tal role’ in help­ing to tackle poverty and in­equal­ity in the Isles, adding: ‘I am de­lighted with the progress that has been made at MacKen­zie Park and that the lat­est phase has been com­pleted.

‘This rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the hous­ing stock for Stornoway – the area where de­mand for af­ford­able hous­ing is high­est.

‘This fol­lows last month’s an­nounce­ment that the Western Isles will re­ceive £ 25 mil­lion worth of in­vest­ment for af­ford­able hous­ing over the next three years which will help con­trib­ute to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s na­tional tar­get of 50,000 new af­ford­able homes by 2021.’

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