Affordable and Sheltered Housing
Since the beginning of the year, Morvern Community Development Company have been looking into possibility of developing a housing project to build both affordable and sheltered homes in Morvern.
An opportunity for such a development presented itself after Forestry Commission Scotland approached MCDC to see if the community would be interested in acquiring land adjacent to Dailrainich, opposite Lochaline Primary School. A private individual approached MCDC about the same time to offer a part of his garden for the purposes of sheltered homes for elderly in the village.
In addition to this, MCDC revisited the Rowan Bank Steadings site to see if the site could potentially be used for either affordable or sheltered housing development.
MCDC engaged services of District Valuer to value the three sites and to give indications of potential issues on sites.
In March 2015, MCDC with help from Highlands Small Community Housing Trust have carried out Housing Needs Survey which identified the need in both affordable and sheltered housing in the village. HSCHT have also provided MCDC with options appraisals and indicative costs analysis of a potential housing development. MCDC also obtained Highland Council data for housing demand in the area – there are currently 12 people on the Highland Council housing waiting list.
Considering all of the above, MCDC engaged services of an architect to develop the project further and complete a feasibility study into the project. The architect has obtained pre – planning advice on all three sites and carried out topographical survey of sites.
MCDC have submitted their application to Forestry Commission Scotland’s National Forest Land Scheme for purchase of land adjacent to Dailrainich. MCDC’s application has been successful and we now have until end March 2016 to purchase the land from Forestry Commission.
MCDC have been successful in securing £127K from Big Lottery’s Scottish Land Fund to purchase the Forestry land adjacent to Dailrainich and land adjacent to Old Scout Hut, which together with potential sheltered housing developing will form Lochaline Village Center Regeneration project with potential heritage centre/gift shop, tea rooms, offices/workshops, carparking etc. The money from Scottish Land Fund will contribute 95% towards all the costs associated with land purchase. Morvern Comunity Trust have been able to contribute £5,850.00 which means that 100% funding is now in place for the land purchase.
MCDC have been able to present initial plans for both sites to the community during the drop in session in the Village Hall on 28th October 2015 where over 35 attended the drop in event and over 47 people have been able to contribute either by email, through questionnaires distributed by MCDC or in person. We thank everyone for their contribution, it is greatly appreciated.
The plans for affordable housing are now being finalised by the architects, in readiness for planning permission application.
The plans for sheltered housing and community building are not finalised yet but will be published once all views are taken into account.