New homes in Stornoway

Liz Macinnes Development Officer and Brian Chaplin Committee Member with Tighean Innse Gall is Isobel Morrison who has purchased one of the new houses.

Liz Macinnes Development Officer and Brian Chaplin Committee Member with Tighean Innse Gall is Isobel Morrison who has purchased one of the new houses.

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The first phase (25 houses) of the Manor Drive development in Stornoway has been handed over to the Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP).

The centrally located site in the popular Manor Park area of the town beside the Co-op supermarket was owned by Tulloch Homes Express and developed by the company on behalf of HHP.

This has been a “Design & Build” project designed by local Architect Philip McLean on behalf of Tulloch Homes Express. Approval for the houses was given by the Scottish Government in 2009. The overall cost of the development is £5.2 million which is being jointly funded by the Scottish Government and HHP. Tighean Innse Gall the local housing agency acted as the development agent on behalf of HHP.

The houses are a mix of flats and terraced family houses. This attractive estate is on the site of the former MacRae Hostel and consists of a total of 42 houses. Of the 25 houses in the first phase, 12 have been sold by HHP through the Scottish Government’s initiative to assist first time buyers which enables purchasers to take an equity stake in the property without having to take a mortgage for the total purchase price. This scheme has proved very popular in Manor Drive as it was at the Ardanmhor development at Kenneth Street Stornoway.

All the properties which have been built to a very high specification benefit from gas central heating and very high levels of insulation which will assist residents to keep their heating costs down.

Pictured receiving keys from Liz Macinnes Development Officer and Brian Chaplin Committee Member with Tighean Innse Gall is Isobel Morrison who has purchased one of the new houses. Isobel said “I am delighted to take the keys for my new home”.

Brian Chaplin commented that “when Tighean Innse Gall marketed the shared equity houses the demand for first time buyers to purchase was exceptionally high. I hope we shall be able to assist HHP again in another development where we can make homes available for sale on an affordable basis”.

Present at the handover of the properties were HHP staff and Board Member Angela Quail, the Architect Philip McLean, Contractor John Macleod, TIG staff, Councillors Charlie Nicolson and Neil Campbell and TIG Committee Member Brian Chaplin.

The development was named Manor Drive by HHP’s Board following a consultation with the local Councillor Murdo Macleod and the local community.

Speaking about the new development the local Councillor Macleod said: “This is a superb development, reflecting the drive and determination of HHP to provide high quality, well designed modern housing within our community. A key feature of this project is the close level of partnership between HHP, Tighean Innse Gall and Tulloch Homes Express not forgetting the consultation with the local community through the Residents Association in the planning and design process. HHP, the Architect and Engineers and the construction companies are to be properly congratulated on completing such a first class scheme – on time and on budget!”

Minister for Housing and Transport Keith Brown, said: “These developments make a significant contribution to the supply of affordable homes in and around Stornoway where there is significant demand.  As well as providing quality homes at affordable rents, it’s also very encouraging to note the level of interest in the “shared equity” properties built in the town.

The completion of these projects has been greatly assisted by the good working relationships that exist between The Hebridean Housing Partnership, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Scottish Government”.