Twenty new homes ready for tenants

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Twenty new houses have been completed and are already providing homes for local families across the Western Isles.

Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) have completed the first part of the latest phase of Mackenzie Park development at Parkend with the completion of four homes for rent and 12 for sale under the Scottish Government’s Shared Equity Scheme for first time buyers.

A further 16 are under construction and are scheduled for completion in December.

In addition four new homes, a mix of one and two bedroom houses, have been built in Balivanich in a new development called Winfield Place named following consultation with the Benbecula Residents Association.

The Winfield housing estates in Balivanich are named in honour of the distinguished military career of Brigadier Winfield who supervised the construction of the military properties there in the 1960s.

Both developments have been built by Calmax Construction.

The two developments bring the total number of homes built by HHP to 316.

Cllr David Blaney, Chair of HHP said: “HHP is commmitted to providing good quality affordable housing throughout the Western Isles. This includes both upgrading the standard of our existing properties and also building new homes.”

Norman Macleod, HHP’s Development spokesperson said of the Mackenzie Park project: “I am delighted to see this latest development completed.

“It provides much needed new homes for rent and opportunities for first time buyers to get onto the property ladder. We are committed to working with partners to address housing needs across our islands.”

Cllr Charlie Nicolson added: “It is really good to see the completion of this latest phase of HHP’s new housing development at Mackenzie Park.

“I have visited a number of the new tenants and owners in the past week and they are delighted with the quality of their new homes and the surrounding environs. It’s encouraging to see our local workforce deliver such an excellent product.”

Angus Lamont, Chief Executive of HHP said: “We acknowledge the support of the Scottish Government who provided significant funding for this development and that of the Comhairle who are major contributors to our new build programme.”

Housing minister Margaret Burgess said: “These new affordable homes in Stornoway are a fantastic example of strong partnerhip working between Hebridean Housing Partnership, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Scottish Government.

“Housing is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s ambitions to create a fairer and more prosperous country, and to sustain our rural communities. Alongside our partners we will continue to invest across the Western Isles so everyone can live in good quality, affordable and sustainable homes.”

Pictured at the new Winfield development are Caroline Mackay, Calmax Construction; Cllr Uisdean Robertson; John Alick MacQuarrie, HHP Area Manager; David Blaney, HHP Chairman; Daniel Coyle, HHP Board Member; Norman Macaskill, HHP Clerk of Works; and Calum Mackay, Calmax Construction out side one of the Balivanich houses.