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29/02/2016

Boost for rural housing in Scotland

Words: Laura Edgar

The Scottish Government has announced a £25 million fund to provide around 500 new affordable homes in rural areas across Scotland.

The Rural Housing Fund aims to increase the supply of long-term affordable housing in rural areas over the next three years, says the Scottish Government. It will assist the building and refurbishment of existing buildings.

The homes will contribute to the government’s commitment to build 50,000 homes across the country over the next five years.

The fund will be available to a variety of applicants, including long-established affordable housing providers as well as community-led organisations and private landowners.

It will also offer feasibility support to enable organisations to develop “robust plans” for their projects.

Scottish housing minister Margaret Burgess said: “We know building affordable housing in rural areas presents different challenges compared to urban areas, which is why we are ensuring this fund is open to rural interests, including community bodies, private landlords and landowners.”

Chief executive of Rural Housing Scotland, Derek Logie, said: “We are particularly pleased that community organisations can apply to the fund and access feasibility support. Developing affordable rural housing has many challenges: We hope the Rural Housing Fund will help rural communities to overcome these and deliver good-quality, warm and affordable housing.”

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