First affordable housing plans unveiled

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The new Arran Development Trust has held the first of a series of drop-in sessions to explain its work to the community.

The first one was held in the Ormidale Pavilion on Tuesday at which members of the public had the chance to see at first hand the housing study feasibility work which has already been undertaken as well as drawings and plans of future potential developments.

Two sites in Brodick and another two in Lamlash have been earmarked for possible housing sites for affordable housing, rent to buy, or plots of land for private development for primary use homes. Possible kit home designs have also been drawn up by Ayr architectural design company Denham Benn.

The next event will be held in Lamlash on a date to be confirmed, with others to follow in the coming weeks. Their purpose is to give interested residents the chance to see the scope of work around housing which has been carried out and is proposed by the Arran Development Trust. It will also allow time for discussion by individuals on a one-to-one basis, as not everyone has the confidence to speak up in a public meeting and it is important the Trust takes on board the various opinions and views.

At the event members of the public are asked to leave their comments and as the Trust state while the feasibility work has so far only been carried out in Brodick and Lamlash. ‘If you know of any land which could be made available elsewhere on Arran, where the owner may be willing to sell to accommodate affordable homes, please let us know.’

Chairman Tom Tracey of the Arran Economic Group, who have set up the Arran Development Trust to help address Arran’s cronic housing needs, said: ‘We are still at the very early stages and while some sites could be progressed relatively quickly, to realise other developments could take 20 to 30 years, but we believe it is a good starting point.’

Trust member Margie Currie, Tom Tracey and Sheena Borthwick-Toomey with the draft housing plans.  01_B22housing01

Examining some of the house design proposals. 01_B22housing02