Inverasdale Affordable Housing

The lack of affordable housing in the Inverasdale area was highlighted at the time when Inverasdale Primary School was being threatened with closure. The community recognised that many young families were either moving out of the area or being prevented from moving into Inverasdale due to the lack of housing options available. Most reasonably sized houses that come up for sale are quickly bought as retirement/holiday homes and this has helped to increase house prices in the area beyond the budgets of local families and young couples. It was therefore felt that by creating more affordable housing in the area, it would lead to more families living within the catchment area of the primary school and contribute to securing the schools future.

In order to try and halt this detrimental trend, LEAF/GALE undertook to carry out a housing needs survey in order to quantify the number of people in the area living in poor housing conditions and provide evidence that the housing need in Inverasdale was not just a local notion, but a proven fact. Clear evidence of housing need was identified by the survey and it was agreed that action must be taken.

The next stage of the project was to identify a suitable site to build the houses on and to agree how the project would be managed and funded. The identification of a building site proved far more time consuming and difficult than anticipated and for some time the project was in danger of going no further. Eventually a site was identified at Firemore, Inverasdale and although not the most ideal site in the area it was the only one available.

The Albyn Housing Society agreed to take responsibility for building and managing the houses on behalf of the community. Taking into account the size of the site available it was agreed that four family homes should be built and on completion a Local Lettings Policy should be devised. Planning permission has recently been granted for these houses and work should begin on them in December 2001. Although this project has taken such a long time (well over three years to date) to get this far, we are all sure it will be worth every bit of the effort once the houses are complete

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