Self-built land made available to the local community in Dornoch

Five affordable self-build plots on Elizabeth Crescent in Dornoch are looking for budding homebuilders.

The plots are for sale at £25,000 each by Dornoch & District Community Association (DADCA), following a community asset transfer of land from Highland Council.

Full planning permission has been granted on the plots, for houses up to 2 floors.

Plots will be allocated on a priority basis to residents of the local community who require long-term stable housing.

The sale of the community-owned plots will generate revenue that DADCA will use for other community projects, supporting the continued sustainability of the Dornoch area.

The Communities Housing Trust (CHT), which helped DADCA acquire the land, will allocate the land independently, on behalf of DADCA.

The CHT will also apply the Charge de l’Habitat Rural which applies a percentage discount on the plots. Burden is a condition of legal title that helps ensure affordability in perpetuity and prioritizes local communities. This helps protect the housing stock for local residents and limits home ownership of second and second homes.

Potential self-builders may also find the self-build loan fund helpful. The Fund is a national scheme administered by CHT on behalf of the Scottish Government, to provide loans to people who have been refused conventional self-build mortgage finance. Applications to the Fund are open until August 31, 2022.

Carol Mackay, Co-Chair of DADCA, said, “We are delighted to have secured this land as a community asset and to know that the plots will be made available at a discounted price to local families who meet the criteria established by Communities Housing. Trust.”

Ronnie MacRae, CEO of CHT, said, “We are delighted to support DADCA in providing the plots, which will create permanent local homes. Self-build is sometimes the only option in small communities where other housing options are limited, and we are happy to support several plots in Dornoch which will in turn support other positive community work in the area.