KEY worker housing is set to be part of Rural Stirling Housing Association’s (RSHA) affordable housing project in Balmaha thanks to an award from the Scottish Land Fund.

 The £159.600 award secured by the East Loch Lomond Community Trust (ELLCT)  will be used to purchase the land and services for four community owned homes which will be managed by RSHA.

“The affordable housing project has been a long standing priority for the ELLCT and previous community councils.” says ELLCT secretary Joe Twaddle. “And the provision of housing for key workers throughout the East Loch Lomond area will contribute to the local economy by helping stabilise local businesses and will, of course, be a considerable community asset for the area.”

The award is one of 15 announced today (11 August) as part a £2m funding boost for community land projects from the Scottish Land Fund.

“It’s wonderful to see such a wide range of community land and asset projects, from many different parts of Scotland, sharing in these Scottish Land Fund awards,” says Scottish Land Fund chair John Watt.

“With community acquisitions of woodlands, shops and land for housing, this funding shows just how creative, forward-thinking and committed local groups are in their ambitions of turning their community ownership project ideas into reality. I wish them all every success as they follow in the footsteps of those communities who are already creating stronger and more sustainable futures, thanks to the Scottish Land Fund.” 

Land reform secretary Roseanna Cunningham adds: “Working with partners such as the Big Lottery Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the independent committee that oversees the Scottish Land Fund, this government is driving forward land reform in Scotland more than ever before. A key part of that is by providing communities with the funding, the expertise, or the land to enable them to take greater control of their futures. 

“It’s great to see a good mix of urban and rural projects being provided with that help today – these projects will be major assets to the communities they serve for many years to come.”