Development Coll, in conjunction with West Highland Housing Association, carried out an island wide survey to ascertain the need for affordable housing on Coll. The survey demonstrated that there was a need for at least 6 new houses.
Subsequently, the government has brought out new guidelines regarding grant funding within which West HIghland Housing Association (WHHA) are developing a scheme for development. WHHA have stated that they are happy to assist in addressing the known need for housing, but have no funds available in the immediate future.
Development Coll have also been investigating an initiative called 'Greener Homes' which is being run through the Development Trust Association, which sets out proposals for community-owned houses for rent and sale. This model would require a lot of capital for the initial build, but in the long term, could be run as a social enterprise scheme which would make money for our community. Due to the current financial downturn, things are not looking good on this horizon.
Argyll & Bute have recently published a Local Housing Strategy - this document is available for comment.
Please see the attached documents
Local Housing Strategy 2011-2016
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