Empty property in Scottish Highlands transformed into a decent, affordable home

A long-term empty property in the Scottish Highlands has been transformed into a decent, affordable home for people in housing need, thanks to funding from the Nationwide Foundation.

The bungalow in Acharacle has been empty for over six years, yet this month a local couple in their thirties is moving in following the renovation. Until now, they have been unable to afford a place to live and have had to stay living with parents.

In addition, plans are well underway to refurbish a second community-owned property which is located further north in the remote village Achiltibuie. This is an old school house that will be converted into two apartments.

The Nationwide Foundation has awarded £120,000 of funding to the Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) to turn empty properties into affordable homes. This funding is part of the Nationwide Foundation’s Decent Affordable Homes strategy.

There is a clear need for more decent affordable homes in the Scottish Highlands: this is a remote area where local people are too often priced out of the housing market. By renovating long-term empty properties, more reasonably priced homes can be created, which supports the stability of the community.