Affordable housing sites on Lismore up for discussion

Lismore from the air. Photograph: Iain Thornber

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Two sites for affordable housing have been identified for community consultation on Lismore.

An update survey of the island’s needs is being carried out as part of a feasibility report involving existing residents and those who are living away but may want to return if affordable accommodation became available.

It is hoped the report will be completed by the end of October.

Out of many sites looked at, two that have been highlighted for further consideration are land at the south end of Newfield Terrace in Achnacroish, which already has consent for one dwelling but could contain more. The second site is The Steadings at Clachan, which has the possibility of some land immediately to the south for a
few new build units.

A drop-in day was planned on the island for today (Thursday September 17) depending on Covid restrictions.

The work of an independent architect and valuation surveyor is almost complete on plans to develop enterprise units on an existing Scottish and Southern Energy site at the foot of the brae at Achnacroish.

Discussions with interested parties, postponed due to the pandemic, have only recently started up again before more consultations will be held with the community and  potentially bids put in for support to buy the land.

‘This project remains a priority, offering opportunities for businesses and entrepreneurs to develop local employment and enhance Achnacroish at the same time,’ reports Lismore Community Trust as part of its summer 2020 update.

A revised planning application has been submitted for the island’s school house project to include a compact on-site car parking and turning area. Next on the ‘to do’ list will be inside refurbishment work and kitting out for community activities once its job as a temporary mail sorting office is over. There are also plans to develop the garden as a
fruitful community facility too, says the trust’s report.

The Lismore Map and Guide has been proving popular with plans to put it on the island
website so it can be downloaded. It will also be made available more widely on the island, in the shop and heritage centre.

And finally the Community Trust is looking for new directors to volunteer to join it. Two of its current directors including Sebastion Tombs are standing down after six years of continuous service.