Largest increase in affordable housing in Lochaber since mid-70s welcomed


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News that 350 new affordable homes could be available in Lochaber by April has been welcomed.

This month’s Lochaber Area Committee reviewed a report outlining a number of projects which could result in almost 350 new affordable homes being on site in April this year.

Interim chairman of the Lochaber committee, Councillor Alan Henderson, Caol and Mallaig ward, said the provision of affordable housing in Lochaber was progressing well.

‘We’re informed this is the largest housing programme in the area since the mid-1970s. This is a huge boost to those needing housing in the area and to the Lochaber economy,’ he added.

‘The list of new housing achievements by the council and its partner housing associations is impressive and is providing much-needed affordable new homes in our communities.’

Councillor Ben Thompson, Caol and Mallaig ward, chairman of the council’s housing and property committee, added: ‘It’s fantastic to see so many houses being built in Lochaber, not just in Fort William, but particularly in the more rural and island areas where the impact is providing massive benefit to communities.’

Progress on a number of housing developments in Fort William area was welcomed, including the conversion of former offices at Fulton House to create 12 flats for rent by Lochaber Housing Association.

Offices are also being converted at Lochaber House in Fort William to provide nine flats for the council; six flats for mid-market rent by Highland Housing Alliance and a ground floor retail unit.

At the Blar Mor, on the edge of Fort William, there is the development of 117 new homes for the council, Highland Housing Alliance and shared equity properties.

Work is currently ongoing at the former Achintore Primary School in Fort William to provide 37 new homes for council houses and Highland Housing Alliance.

At Glasdrum Road, in Fort William, six flats for council rent are due for completion in May, while another six housing units for shared ownership at Rankin Crescent, in Fort William, are currently being developed by Lochaber Housing Association with negotiations ongoing to deliver a further 28 units in future.

In other parts of Lochaber, progress was also welcomed on Rum, four units; Spean Bridge, 20 units, and Strontian, five units.

Councillors were also informed about housing proposals currently being considered or yet to be determined at Arisaig, Caol and Upper Achintore, Fort William; Bunree; Kinlochleven; Mallaig, Roy Bridge, Knoydart, Strontian and on Canna and Eigg.