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Highland innovation

Plans for six new homes in the Highlands have been approved 

30 November 2016

Plans for six new homes in the Cairngorms, enabled by the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT), have been approved by park authority chiefs.

Inverdruie Sawmill Cooperative will erect six new affordable homes on the site of a former sawmill on Rothiemurcus Estate, near Aviemore. The housing project was led by local people who worked with the Highland Sawmill Communities Housing Trust and the estate to generate their own plans for self-build, energy efficient housing.

The plan is based on the development of four affordable self-build plots, sold initially at approximately 4% of the open market value, to the Highland Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) who will re-sell the plots to the prospective self-builders with a title burden to ensure initial and ongoing affordability. This sale of land at a fraction of the market cost will be cross-subsidised by the sale of two further plots on the open market.

Planning committee convener Eleanor Mackintosh said: “How to deliver affordable housing is a constant question we have and there is no easy answer. However this cooperative is an excellent example of what can be done in the right place with the right partnership support.”

Comments  

 
#1 John Cattermole 2016-12-08 21:57
How to deliver 'affordable' homes....how about this for a mad idea? Buy a bit of a field close to your village centre then submit plans for a beautiful if modest Eco-home. It will get planning permission because no measurable harm can be found unlike the 298 houses built on fields within a 2 mile radius. WRONG! Yes, this is how we and millions of others could help provide affordable houses if only we were not subjected to a scandalous double standard in favour of the volume builders.
 

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