TWO plots in Staffin – which could be suitable for local people seeking affordable housing – are now available.
The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) has developed a site at Dun Flodigarry, just off the A855 and north of the youth hostel. They could be self-build plots, Rent-to-Buy or discounted/open market house sales.
Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) is a registered charitable organisation set up to help rural communities secure long-term solutions to their local housing needs and receives funding from a variety of sources, including the Scottish Government.
HSCHT works with communities in the region to help them meet their needs for additional affordable housing.
No new affordable housing has been built in Staffin since 1999 at the site of the former Staffin Primary School and young people looking to get on the property ladder cannot afford to buy on the open market.
The Staffin Community Trust has worked closely with HSCHT and hopes to progress a site in Stenscholl. More details will be announced soon. http://staffin-trust.co.uk/housing-in-staffinThe SCT has set a target that at least 10 new affordable homes are built in Staffin by 2020. and hopes that could help increase the school roll by another 10 pupils.
SCT is not involved in the Flodigarry project but is fully supportive of the need for affordable housing in the community so that local people, particularly families, can be retained or attracted to the community.
The Flodigarry sites have detailed planning permission. The discounts available may differ depending on applicant’s circumstances but HSCHT can offer lower plot or housing prices. which would be secured by the Rural Housing Burden (RHB).
The scheme is protected as affordable by attaching a RHB which is a right of pre-emption (first right of buy-back for housing provider if ever offered for sale) and an equity share (which reflects the discount). However, applicants are also invited to register an interest if they want to buy on the open market. HSCHT’s Morven Taylor said she would be delighted to speak to anybody who wants to discuss their individual requirements.