Vacation dwelling hunters blocked from shopping for South Uist property in new transfer for island market

The home in Daliburgh is being bought for provides over £100,000 by the Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP), a social landlord which manages inventory transferred from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

For the primary time, the partnership has said the home would “not be accessible” to these in search of a vacation or second dwelling, with precedence given to first time consumers and native residents.

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Dena Macleod, chief government of HHP, mentioned the step, which was set out within the property particulars, was taken in response to a marketing campaign by younger islanders which urged motion on the housing disaster.

The home on the market in Daliburgh, South Uist (pictured) won’t be accessible to these in search of to purchase a vacation or second dwelling. PIC: Barbara Carr/

The pandemic has intensified demand for island properties, with exterior consumers usually in a position to grossly outbid native individuals and excessive numbers of properties used as vacation properties or leases.

Ms Macleod mentioned: “We mentioned the property with the council and agreed the sale introduced a chance to supply it to first time consumers and contribute to the work being carried out regionally to stem inhabitants decline.

“If this motion will help one native younger particular person in getting a foot on the ladder and to get a home of their very own, it’s a constructive step.”

Nevertheless, Ms Macleod mentioned it could be troublesome to implement in regulation the popular place {that a} native purchaser was discovered.

HHP Chief Exec Dena Macleod

Evaluation final 12 months set out the dimensions of depopulation now going through the Outer Hebrides, with the inhabitants set to fall by 16 per cent – or by simply over 4,000 individuals – by 2043. In the meantime, the inhabitants of Scotland is ready to rise by 2.5 per cent over the identical interval.

The working age group within the Outer Hebrides is going through the most important decline in Scotland with a predicted drop of 6 per cent by 2028.

By then, the Outer Hebrides is projected to have a 25 per cent enhance in these aged 75 and over.

Depopulation is being tackled on a lot of fronts, with the Scottish Authorities consulting on a proposed £50,000 “island bond” to encourage households to relocate. Some observers have mentioned the cash can be higher spent on housing, infrastructure, connectivity and providers to encourage individuals to remain.

In July, the Scottish Authorities introduced £43m for the constructing of inexpensive properties on the Western Isles.

Pàdruig Moireasdan, 25, a crofter and musician of Grimsay, who helped organise the Uist housing marketing campaign, welcomed the transfer by HHP.

He mentioned: “I believe it’s a unbelievable step and a very thrilling improvement and its one thing I would love to see extra of.

“It comes as we’re seeing, even over the previous few months, property brokers on Harris promoting properties as being in walk-in situation as vacation properties, so to see this from HPP is a very welcome distinction. I wish to see property brokers on the islands encourage distributors to place in these clauses for homes the place doable.

“Over the previous six months, I’ve identified younger consumers placing in provides properly over the asking worth however been overwhelmed by somebody who has are available with a money provide or £20,000 or £30,000 over the asking worth. That’s the battle we face.”

Dr Alasdair Allan, MSP for MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (SNP), mentioned: “It’s nice to see the concepts put ahead by the younger housing group being listened to in Uist. HHP are to be counseled for listening to their issues and placing restrictions in place for this sale. I hope such restrictions could be extra broadly utilised in future.

“Over the previous few years, younger individuals have more and more struggled to get onto the island housing market. Property costs have surged however youthful islanders don’t have the financial energy to maintain up. Increasingly properties have gotten AirBnBs or second properties on the similar time we’re attempting to sort out depopulation. It’s not a sustainable scenario if we would like the islands to maintain having communities as an alternative of vacation villages.”

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