Public to be canvassed on new 250-house neighbourhood for Portree

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An online public meeting is to take place next week involving a presentation of proposals from Lochalsh and Skye Housing Association to create a new village of 250 affordable homes at Kiltaraglen, Portree.

The online event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26, when both the design team involved and the LSHA will give a presentation followed by a question and answer session.

On its website, LSHA explains that the options for significant housing development within Portree are constrained by the sea to the south and hills to the west and east.

Aside from small-scale development of gap sites, significant housing development has taken place to the north of Portree on the site of Home Farm.

Work began on the expansion of the Home Farm development in 2005, with the first residents receiving their keys to homes in Rathad an Fheoir in September 2007 and this phase of the development is now nearing completion.

LSHA is currently securing the purchase of additional land in Kiltaraglen to the north of Home Farm with funding from the Scottish Government.

The development of this site is part of the Highland Council’s Local Development Plan and unlocks the opportunity to deliver up to 250 new homes in a phased development over the next 15-20 years, says LSHA.

This, it adds, will play a significant part in addressing the chronic shortage of affordable housing presently experienced on Skye. The proposals also include capacity for a care village, commercial units and community retail premises.