Inspiring Communities


Many communities are exploring developing their own affordable housing to provide homes for local people. There are some inspiring communities which illustrate what communities can achieve themselves and working in partnership with others.

Strathmashie | Laggan One of the first communities to go it alone was Laggan who through their Communty Trading Company which ran the local shop, decided in 1996 to buy and renovate 5 empty former Forestry Commission houses. With help from Albyn Housing Society, Highland Council and Rural Housing Scotland and securing the first ever loan by the Triodos Bank in Scotland, the community successfully made 5 houses available for rent for local people just across from Laggan Woftrax if your passing.

Crianlarich In Crianlarich the Strathfillan Community Development Trust decided to address the issue of local housing need by buying and renovating former British Rail cottages.

Knoydart The Knoydart Foundation have  undertaken two community housing projects; the renovation of empty property and building new community owned houses built with Scottish Government grant.

There are also many examples of communities working with housing associations to deliver affordable rented housing in their areas:

Durness The community interviewed three housing associations before deciding that Albyn Housing Society should develop badly needed new rented housing

Gigha The community made land available at low cost to Fyne Homes Housing Association to build the first new housing on the island for decades

Whitsome Berwickshire Housing Association built new housing following a community housing needs survey

Colonsay Four new affordable houses were built by West Highland Housing Association following a housing needs survey

Tyndrum The community also worked with the local housing association, Rural Stirling HA to undertake a housing needs survey and agree a local lettings initiative