Glengorm Farming Partnership has secured significant funding to convert disused farm buildings near Tobermory into five affordable housing units.
Recognising the acute need for affordable housing on Mull, Glengorm is committed to increasing the supply of permanent homes locally, including releasing land for new builds and converting some of their properties from short-term to long-term lets. Renovating a disused barn in the farm square will add a further five new homes, which will be offered for affordable rent to those in housing need on completion.
The project has been made possible thanks to grant funding from the Scottish Government’s Rural & Islands Housing Fund, and Argyll & Bute Council’s Strategic Housing Fund. Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) supported Glengorm in securing the grant funding, carrying out community consultation work to evidence the housing need, and advising on the required allocation policy.
While the Rural & Islands Housing Fund is open to landowners across all sectors, the majority of recipients to date have been community groups. Glengorm is the first private landowner in Argyll to have been awarded such a grant, and it is hoped others will follow suit and contribute to increasing the number of affordable homes in our most rural communities.
Tom Nelson, owner of Glengorm, commented, “We are very excited, at Glengorm, that our latest housing project is now well underway. Repurposing redundant farm buildings is a great way to add to the rental housing stock in our community without greatly impacting the beauty of the island. The addition of these 5 homes will increase or long term rental properties to 13 on Glengorm, with well over 50 residents, the highest number in over 120 years. We would like to thank Helen MacDonald of MICT for help in securing the necessary funding. Also continued thanks to Gus Robertson for building it and AGL Architects for their design.”
MICT Housing Development Manager Helen MacDonald added, “we have been delighted to support Glengorm with this affordable housing project, and it is great to see work now underway after delays relating to Covid.”
The project is being led by AGL Architects with construction by Gus Robertson Building Contractors. More details about how to apply to rent the new houses will be made available towards the end of the year.
MICT offers housing advice and consultancy services across Mull and Iona, and would be happy to speak to any local landowners considering how they can support the delivery of affordable housing locally, please contact Helen MacDonald, Housing Development Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01680 812 912. More information about the Rural & Islands Housing Fund can be found here: www.mygov.scot/rural-housing-fund.