Crofters Urged to respond to Housing Grant Consultation

The village of Barvas viewed from the north, with the sun trying to break through the clouds. SGD.15165.  *** Local Caption *** The village of Barvas viewed from the north.

The village of Barvas viewed from the north, with the sun trying to break through the clouds. SGD.15165. *** Local Caption *** The village of Barvas viewed from the north.

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Councillor Donald Crichton has urged crofters and those with an interest in a sustainable future for crofting to respond to the consultation on the review of the Crofter Housing Grant Scheme before it closes on March 31st.

Cllr Crichton, Vice-Chairman of the Comhairle’s Sustainable Development Committee said:

“Support for crofter housing has taken various forms since it was first introduced over a hundred years ago. The current support package being proposed consists of an island new build and repair grant of up to £28,000.

While we support an increase, as a Comhairle we believe this proposal doesn’t go far enough to meet the challenges of building new homes in our island communities today. We consider an intervention rate of up to £50,000 to be more appropriate in the Outer Hebrides where costs are considerably higher than mainland areas.

Access to good quality affordable housing is essential for the future development of crofting communities and I would encourage those with an interest to respond to the consultation before the deadline of the 31st March.”

Submissions to the consultation can be made by clicking on the following link: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/01/4893