A new development of affordable housing pioneered by rural landowners has been opened by the Scottish Government housing minister.
Margaret Burgess MSP was at The Village Green in Kingsbarns, which was constructed as part of the ‘Rural Homes for Rent’ pilot scheme launched by the Scottish Government and Scottish Land & Estates in 2008.
Under the scheme, rural landowners can apply for housing grants to help them build new affordable homes for rent on their land.
The development at Kingsbarns has been built by Cambo Estate and has 10 of the 22 houses available for affordable rent.
Ms Burgess said: “We believe everyone in Scotland deserves to live in good quality affordable homes, but we recognise rural communities can often face difficulties accessing housing. That’s why I am delighted to visit these 10 new affordable homes in Kingsbarns, which have received £677,000 of funding from the Scottish Government.
“This pilot scheme is an example of how landowners can contribute to the provision of much needed affordable housing in rural areas, bringing in new families and enhancing the economic vitality of the village.”
The Village Green development includes a walled village green which adjoins the primary school, a community vegetable patch and an improved road junction. These elements are designed to tie the new homes to the existing village.
Sir Peter Erskine, Cambo Estate owner, said: “We are delighted to open the new Kingsbarns development which we hope will help the local community to thrive.
“Every rural community needs new families who are keen to come and play their part in local life and we believe these homes will provide an opportunity to help to achieve this.
“The Rural Homes for Rent Scheme is a terrific partnership initiative that allows landowners and government to work hand-in-hand to provide real benefit to rural communities.
He added: “We were delighted the Minister could join us to celebrate the completion of the houses alongside the new village green which will be a significant community resource.
“We hope the new residents will encourage businesses to come to the area and may also lead to a second teacher being secured for Kingsbarns Primary School.”