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It will be a disappointment to everyone that the action of a single landowner has put paid to a development of affordable housing.

The island is crying out for homes at prices both islanders and people who want to live and work on Arran can afford and it is sad to see that everyone is not on board.

A lot of work is being done to try help the situation by the new Arran Development Trust (ADT) who have already earmarked three sites for 60 affordable homes by 2021. They are also working quietly behind the scenes trying to find the owners of many empty houses on the island to try to bring them back onto the housing market.

North Ayrshire Council, meanwhile, are pressing ahead with their plans for 34 new council houses, the first to be built on the island in more than 30 years.

And while the Brodick development by  Trust Housing may be dead in the water they at least appear to remain committed to a project on the island, probably in Lamlash.

No one should be in any doubt that affordable housing is a major issue for the island, given its aging population, if the economy is to grow and prosper.