Housing key to Lochaber’s prosperity
HOUSING is key to the economic prosperity of Lochaber and the wider Highlands, according to Highland Council leader Margaret Davidson.
At its meeting last week, at which Mrs Davidson was present, councillors on the Lochaber Area Committee heard how the area is experiencing significant growth in a number of sectors, including tourism and manufacturing. Lochaber councillors originally agreed local priorities for the area in 2015. Members have now reviewed these priorities and agreed they should be further refined and supported by a local action plan.
As well as housing, key priorities identified include tourism, infrastructure, education, community works and health.
Lochaber Area Committee chairman Councillor Andrew Baxter said it is important Lochaber’s priorities are reflected in the council’s programme.
‘We are well placed to take advantage of the many opportunities, such as airline issues, improved cruise liner infrastructure and current exchange rates to further develop our tourism economy. Housing is high up in our priorities, but it must be the right mix of housing and we are in particular need of affordable housing for families. We plan to develop a specific housing strategy for Lochaber which addresses local needs.
Mrs Davidson added: ‘If we don’t get housing right, we won’t get our economic development right. We have real impetus and excellent support for achieving ambitious housing development and we are investing in infrastructure and exploring land options.’