We are working with Braemar Community Limited  to develop community owned affordable housing for social rent in the village that will help meet local housing needs. This follows a 2019 feasibility study for Braemar Community Ltd by RHS and Sam Foster Architects  who worked closely with the community to show it was possible to provide up to 16 homes on the site – an increase of five on a previous, unrealised planning permission

Over the course of 2020 Rural Housing Scotland will be working closely with Braemar Community Ltd to secure the land, obtain funding and develop the design proposals for the project in more detail so that construction work can begin in 2021. Residents and businesses are being regularly kept up to date with progress through leaflet drops and articles in the local press. To make sure these views are clearly heard we plan to hold ‘virtual village hall’ sessions while restrictions on movement remain in place.

If you have ideas or thoughts about the project, or are interested in living in one of the new houses contact Rural Housing Scotland’s Project Officer, Sam Foster on 07421 369 263 or email

Project progress

Our work has included a housing needs study, community engagement events, a financial appraisal and consultation with local business. An application has been made to the Scottish Government’s Rural Housing Fund and it is anticipated that mortgage finance will be provided by the Ecology Building Society. The project has also received significant financial and project support from Cairngorms National Park Authority and Scottish Land Fund.

Project documents

Energy efficient homes

As one of the coldest places in Scotland, Braemar’s residents are at significant risk of cold homes and fuel poverty, known to cause both poor physical and mental health. To address this, as well as making homes that address the climate crisis, the houses will be designed to achieve very high levels of energy efficiency and built from non-toxic, low carbon materials.

(Images courtesy Sam Foster Architects)