Rural housing case studies

Find out more about how other rural communities in Scotland and beyond are working to tackle housing need in their areas. We take a look at houw local development companies, housing associations, landowners and other are using a variety of models to provide affordable, sustainable homes in their communities, and look at the impact they are having.

Community builds using wind farm funds

Find out how one Highland community is using a mix of public and private funding (including community income from a private wind farm) to create much-needed affordable housing in Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston. Download the Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston case study.

Land-owner retained affordable housing

In an area where house prices are 17 times average salaries, hear how one landowner has developed a model for affordable housing which allows for a return on investment in both financial terms, and in terms of their objectives to support the local community. Download the Blenheim Estate case study.

Housing to support Welsh-speaking areas

We hear from Wales for this case study – where one housing association worked with the local community council to ensure that local people had the opportunity to continue to live in the area with an eye to preserving the language and culture of the area. Download the Cenarth case study.

Community at the heart of social housing

We take a look at how Northern Ireland’s Rural Housing Association tackled housing need in one of their most deprived rural areas, with community engagement at the heart of their approach. Download the Sion Mills case study.

Ground-breaking community-led Ecovillage

Founded by not-for-profit co-operative company Sustainable Projects Ireland (SPI), Cloughjordan Ecovillage in Co Tipperary, Ireland has become an internationally recognised destination for learning about sustainable living with more than 100 residents living in high-performance green homes. Download the Cloughjordan case study.