Thirty two more houses for Melbost housing scheme

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A further 32 houses are to be build at Mackenzie Park, Melbost, with construction due to start early next year.

Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) are currently negotiating with their preferred contractor Calmax Construction to build 16 houses for rent and 16 for sale to first time buyers.

The first housing development of 15 homes for rent at the site was officially opened in July last year by Housing Minister Keith Brown with a further 10 completed early this year. Six of them were sold as part of the Scottish Government Shared Equity Initiative for first time buyers and the remaining four were for affordable rent.

After construction of the latest phase, there will be 57 homes at the site and two further small phases are expected after that.

A spokesperson for HHP said: “We hope to submit a planning application later this month with a view to construction starting early in the new year and completing in September 2015.”

HHP was established by the Comhairle in 2006 with a target of building 275 houses by 2016.

This target was reached and exceeded in the recently completed Mackenzie Park development in Melbost,three years ahead of target.