Work starts on Glengorm affordable housing

Affordable housing plan at Glengorm

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Glengorm Farming Partnership has secured significant funding to convert a disused barn near Tobermory into five affordable homes.

The new houses are part of Glengorm’s commitment to helping supply the island with more permanent homes as well as releasing land for new builds and converting some of  its properties from holiday to long-term lets.

The project has been made possible thanks to grant funding from the Scottish Government’s Rural and Islands Housing Fund and Argyll and Bute Council’s Strategic Housing Fund.

Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) supported Glengorm in securing the grant funding, carrying out community consultation work to evidence the housing need and advising on the required allocation policy.

While the Rural and Islands Housing Fund is open to landowners across all sectors, the majority of recipients to date have been community groups.

Glengorm is the first private landowner in Argyll to have been awarded such a grant and it is hoped others will follow.

Tom Nelson, owner of Glengorm, said: ‘We are very excited at Glengorm that our latest housing project is now well under way. Repurposing redundant farm buildings is a great way to add to the rental housing stock in our community without greatly impacting the beauty of the island. The addition of these five homes will increase our long term rental properties to 13 on Glengorm, with well over 50 residents, the highest number in more than 120 years.

‘We thank Helen MacDonald of MICT for help in securing the necessary funding. Also continued thanks to Gus Robertson for building it and AGL Architects for its design.’

MICT housing development manager Helen MacDonald added: ‘We have been delighted to support Glengorm with this affordable housing project and it is great to see work under way after delays relating to Covid.’

The project is being led by AGL Architects with construction by Gus Robertson Building Contractors. More details about how to apply to rent the new houses will be made available towards the end of the year.

MICT offers housing advice and consultancy services across Mull and Iona and would be happy to speak to any landowners considering how they can support the delivery of affordable housing. Contact Helen MacDonald, Housing Development Manager: hmacdonald@mict.co.uk or 01680 812 912.

More information about the Rural and Islands Housing Fund can be found at www.mygov.scot/rural-housing-fund.