Recognition for Remote Highland Homes Project

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Thursday November 2 2017

Remote Highland homes project makes it to the finals of national empty homes awards.

A project which turned an empty school house in Wester Ross into affordable housing is in the running to scoop a national award.

The building in Achiltibuie lay empty for several years but has now been transformed into two affordable homes.

It is a finalist in the Outstanding Project category at the Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champions of the Year Awards 2017.

The work was made possible by an innovative funding package secured by The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust and the Coigach Community Development Company (CCDC) with support from The Scottish Government, The Nationwide Foundation and The Highland Council.

Finalists will have to wait until 15th November when the winners are announced by the Scottish Government minister for Housing Kevin Stewart MSP, at the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership Annual Conference at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

Scotland has around 34,000 privately-owned empty homes.

Around 2,400 empty properties have been brought back into use since the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership was created. The SEHP is funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by Shelter Scotland.

Shaheena Din, Scottish Empty Homes Partnership National Manager, said:

“I’d like to congratulate the team behind the Achiltibuie School House project for making it this far in the Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champions of the Year Awards.

“Bringing empty homes back into use is part of the solution to Scotland’s housing crisis and these awards help us to celebrate the great work being done across the country to make these properties homes again.”



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