Full funding gives go ahead to Ulva Ferry housing

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Full funding has been secured for a second affordable housing project on Ulva Ferry.

Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) working with Ulva School Community Association (USCA),  have just appointed The Wee House Company to build four new houses.

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The news comes after three years’  work to agree land and funding for the much-needed project.

When the houses arrive on the building site they will be 90 per cent ready for the first tenants to move in.

Thanks to a grant of £777,855 from the Scottish Government’s Rural & Islands Housing Fund, £48,000 from Argyll & Bute Council’s Strategic Housing Fund, a mortgage from Ecology Building Society and many individual donations, the full amount needed has now been met.

The houses will be built on two plots of land – one purchased via the Scottish Land Fund, and one donated by a local landowner.

People in need of housing will be offered the properties for affordable rent in line
with social housing on Mull, they will also be economical to heat.

While MICT is a registered private landlord, it is working with West Highland Housing Association for help with allocations, management support, and advice to tenants.

The hope is that the new houses will have a positive impact on the community, increasing the primary school roll and the number of working age adults to boost the fragile local economy.

USCA Convenor Josh Liddle said: ‘It’s fantastic to see The Wee House Company formally appointed to manage this project after so much work behind the scenes. We look forward to welcoming more people to our community here at Ulva Ferry next year.’

And MICT Convenor Sandy Brunton, added: ‘Affordable housing is consistently a priority issue across Mull and Iona and this project is a really good example of community powered regeneration.  We are so fortunate to have Helen MacDonald, our very experienced Housing Project Officer, steering us through all the challenges of building homes for rent in a very rural area.’

The houses will be 90 per cent ready when they leave their makers’ Ayrshire factory and are delivered to site with fitted kitchens, bathrooms, plumbing and electrics so they can be occupied far quicker than traditional builds.

Managing Director Jennifer Higgins said: ‘The need for affordable homes has never been greater. With our wealth of experience building in remote and island communities
we are very much looking forward to working with MICT and USCA to deliver these much-needed homes for residents of Mull.’