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. 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 carry out 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.
In May 2018 we received an offer of funding from Scottish Government Rural Housing Fund, and at the end of 2018 a further grant offer from the SSE Dumfries & Galloway Sustainable Development Fund completed our funding package. In August 2019 we purchased Number 12 Sawmill Green, Moniaive.
Moniaive Initiative Chairman, Bill McLarty said: “We have used a Scottish Government grant through the Rural Housing Fund to purchase a building which has stood empty within our community for some years. We now plan to use a generous grant in excess of £40k from SSE Dumfries & Galloway Sustainable Development Fund to refurbish and alter the house into a fully-accessible two-bedroom home for an older or less mobile single person or couple.”
Work commenced on the building renovation and refurbishment in early October 2019, and you can see how the interior layout will change here:
While works are progressing, we are working with Dumfries & Galloway Small Community Housing Trust to create a REGISTER OF INTEREST of people who might like to be considered as potential tenants. The link to this Register can be found here:
We also have paper copies of the Register of Interest available for completion in The Hive.
ALL EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY NOON ON 31ST OCTOBER 2019.
This page will be updated further in due course.