Hous­ing hope

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The news this week that Ar­ran is well on the way to get­ting an­other 56 af­ford­able homes is to be wel­comed.

How­ever the work which has been in­volved to get to this stage, first by the Ar­ran Eco­nomic Group and then its new op­er­at­ing arm the Ar­ran De­vel­op­ment Trust, should not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

When the eco­nomic group was first formed three years ago one of its main con­cerns was that the chronic lack of af­ford­able hous­ing was se­ri­ously im­ped­ing fu­ture growth on the is­land. They said then and still say to­day that 200 af­ford­able homes are ur­gently needed.

But at last progress is be­ing made. Two months ago North Ayr­shire Coun­cil an­nounced that work would start on 34 new homes and 20 more are pro­posed by the Trust Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, both in Brod­ick.

Now 56 more, some of which will be in Lam­lash, have re­ceived ini­tial gov­ern­ment back­ing tak­ing the to­tal to 110 much needed new homes by 2021.

The for­ma­tion of a new hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion op­er­at­ing from, and serv­ing just Ar­ran, means there iwll be work on af­ford­able hous­ing across the is­land, be­cause the needs in the more ru­ral parts of the is­land are just as acute as they are in the main vil­lages.

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