Tomduie Clachan – Comrie Croft

Tomduie Clachan, an RHS Smart Clachan pilot, is a zero-carbon 100% affordable, co-housing scheme that will be the innovation flagship in ongoing efforts to establish Comrie Croft as Scotland’s foremost demonstration and visitor learning centre for rural regeneration and future living. Modelled on a traditional Scottish clachan, reimagined for the 21st Century, Tomduie will demonstratecontinue reading

Sustainable Rural Housing for the Future | Sam Foster

Sam Foster is an architect working with Architype. His experience includes six years at Gaia Architects, nine years running his own practice and two years at Rural Housing Scotland as project manager for community-led affordable housing projects in rural Scotland – all of which focused on low-energy design using natural, non-toxic and low embodied carboncontinue reading

Scottish Housing Day: The Rural Energy Crisis – Q&A with Energy Advisor, Donnie MacKay

From food to heating, cost of living is already disproportionately high in rural and island areas. As energy prices continue to soar, the outlook for rural communities is extremely concerning. Last year, on Scottish Housing Day, we shared two blogs which explored the reasons that rural homes are often far less energy efficient than thosecontinue reading

Planning approved for community-led housing development in Braemar

We are delighted that planning permission has been secured for 15 new affordable homes in Braemar. The community-led housing development, which has received significant financial support from Cairngorms National Park Authority, The Scottish Land Fund and charity loan funder CAF Venturesome, was designed following extensive consultation with Braemar community. Delivery of the much-needed homes, whichcontinue reading

Community views sought as new development officer starts work to deliver Smart Clachan project on Isle of Uist

A development officer has started work for Rural Housing Scotland to take a new housing initiative forward in Uist. Donna Young, from Uist, will be coordinating the delivery of Smart Clachan, a community based housing development to support repopulation, by creating affordable housing and shared facilities. Rural Housing Scotland is working in partnership with Stòras Uibhist tocontinue reading

Tomduie Clachan – A pioneering project to help tackle 
the rural housing crisis and climate emergency

In anticipation of the upcoming United Nations COP-26 Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow, a pioneering new project has been announced in Comrie, Perthshire. Tomduie Clachan is a proposed zero-carbon community housing project at Comrie Croft, one of Scotland’s leading ecotourism destinations. Tomduie Clachan is designed as the flagship in plans for Comrie Croft’scontinue reading

Scottish Government home buyer schemes not fit for purpose in remote rural and island Scotland

National home ownership support schemes often fail to meet their full potential in rural and island areas as they do not recognise that the circumstances surrounding housing are different to those in urban areas. Open Market Shared Equity (OMSE) is one such scheme. It helps eligible buyers, on low to moderate incomes, buy a homecontinue reading