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People living and working on Arran are to be given priority when it comes to allocating tenants
Proposals have been unveiled which will give people who live and work on Arran greater priority when it comes to allocating the new council houses currently being built on the island.
Work is currently under way to build 34 new homes at Brathwic Terrace in Brodick with the homes due to be allocated to the new tenants later this summer.
A new policy was agreed by the North Ayrshire Council cabinet on this week which will give residents and workers on the island greater priority when it comes to allocating the homes.
The local letting initiative means that housing register applicants who meet the criteria for residing on Arran will be awarded additional priority for housing and the addition of 100 points to their application.
Additional priority would also be given to essential workers who meet the criteria as it can be difficult to hire and retain key staff in important jobs on the island, such as health and social care and education.
Yvonne Baulk, head of service (physical environment), said: ‘We know how difficult it can be for people living and working on Arran to access affordable housing.
‘This was highlighted in a study commissioned by Arran Economic Group which showed that a chronic lack of affordable housing impacts Arran’s ability to sustain or grow its current level of economic and social activity.
‘The local letting initiative will mean that priority can be given to those currently on the Housing Register who are living or have a job on Arran.
‘These proposals have been shaped by the local community and we are very grateful for their support in the development of the initiative.’
The council has consulted with a number of local groups and organisations, including Arran Community Council, Arran Development Trust and Arran Locality Partnership representatives, and feedback from the consultation meetings was positive, with all stakeholders being supportive of a local letting initiative for the council’s new houses on the island.
The Brathwic Terrace development, which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in late summer 2021, will provide 34 new high-quality affordable housing units and represent the first council houses on the island since the stock transfer to Isle of Arran Homes in 2001.
The first two-bedroom houses finished on the site which only need internal fittings. 01_B18housing01