In November 2014 we were awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s Learning Network Challenge Fund to find out more about local attitudes to housing need through a series of workshops. Our idea was to kick off a discussion about housing within the community. We wanted to, in the context of housing, explore new ideas, add to local knowledge and encourage the idea of community-led exploration and development of housing in the community.
As a result of this project we were able to gain a much clearer understanding of the issues impacting on housing in our community. One of the most important things that came up in our responses was the importance of having clear information and of sharing that information around. We have a unique set of challenges within our community – an oversupply of existing, unwanted, unsuitable housing, and a lack of land to build new housing. We have young people who don’t necessarily see having a home of their own as a goal, and for whom there are not the jobs or education opportunities to remain in the community anyway. We have older people who would like to remain in their community but who are put off by the lack of suitable amenity housing and support mechanisms and the vulnerability of services in the village. The challenge for us now will be to change perceptions about how housing should be delivered – away from the traditional models of council or housing association-provided social housing, and towards community housing where we are able to uniquely meet these challenges with our own solutions.
You can read the full report here:
In August 2016 we were awarded money from the Scottish Land Fund and the Scottish Government’s Rural Housing Fund to begin feasibility work on community housing in Moniaive. We commissioned Dumfries & Galloway Small Communities Housing Trust to carry out a Housing Needs & Demands Survey. You can read the results of that Survey here:
The Feasibility work then identified suitable properties for consideration, from several that were long-term unoccupied. For our first project, we would like to focus on the housing needs of older members of our community, and have identified an opportunity to convert an existing property into a fully-accessible two-bedroom unit. We commissioned an Architect to draw up initial plans for conversion. In late 2017 we tendered for the works. We have made a application to the Scottish Government Rural Housing Fund towards the cost of the works, and are currently investigating further sources of funding to enable us to embark on this project.
This page will be updated further in due course.