Housing in Staffin: report confirms local demand

A NEW report on the affordable housing needs of Staffin has confirmed there is local demand for homes.

The Staffin Community Survey, which runs to 24 pages and was commissioned by the Staffin Trust, has highlighted the fact that 15 years have now passed since the last new affordable homes were built on the site of the old Staffin Primary School.

It also draws attention to the out-of-reach cost of properties on the open market in Staffin for young people, the fact that 18 per cent of Staffin housing stock is second homes – compared to the Highland average of 5.7 per cent – and the problems a local employer has faced in finding accommodation for staff.

The Staffin Trust sees the provision of affordable housing in the community as a key objective if young people are to be retained and attracted to the district, with the fall in pupils at the school making the issue more urgent than ever before.

Please read the report and make your views known by contacting the Staffin Trust’s development officer Hugh Ross on 01470 562464 or e-mailing staffin.ldo@gmail.com.

The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust submitted the report, which was kindly funded by Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Special mention and thanks to the Staffin Trust’s former development officer Marion Beaton who played a key role and Morven Taylor at the Housing Trust for all her research and work.

Housing report

CLICK HERE… Staffin Housing Needs Report