Highlands and island SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed steps from
the SNP Scottish Government to solve a shortage of affordable
housing in the West of Caithness.
Commenting on the announcement by Housing & Communities
Minister Alex Neil Mr Gibson said...
"This is welcome news from the Scottish Government and shows
that the SNP are aware of the dire situation regarding
affordable housing and are acting to alleviate the problem."
"To extend the pressured area status to include many
communities in Caithness is the right move and shows that the
extent of the problem that exists. Affordable housing is an
important issue to many and I am warmly welcome the steps from
the SNP Government to solve the problem."
Note to editor
Right to Buy changed significantly when the Housing (Scotland)
Act 2001 reduced and capped discount levels, extended the
qualifying period to five years and introduced the pressured
The pressured area designation lasts for 5 years and by
designating the following areas, the Modernised Right to Buy
will be suspended for tenants with modernised tenancies for the
majority of communities in Highland for a period of five years.
The exception being Caithness where the Modernised Right to Buy
suspension would only apply to Thurso and small neighbouring
communities within the Thurso settlement zone.
Renewal of the existing suspension of the Modernised Right to
Buy includes the following 'Pressured Area' designated communities:
* All communities in Badenoch & Strathspey.
* Communities in the Inverness Area (except Merkinch and Hilton).
* Communities in Lochaber (except Kinlochleven; the Plantation
estate and the three streets of Carn Dearg; The Corries and
Polmona in Claggan).
* All communities in Nairn.
* Communities in Ross & Cromarty (except Alness, Aultbea,
Balintore and Milton).
* All communities in Skye and Lochalsh.
In addition, suspension of the Modernised Right to Buy will
also expand to include the following communities:
* Merkinch and Hilton in Inverness;
* Kinlochleven; the remaining streets in Fort William i.e.
Plantation estate and the streets of Carn Dearg; The Corries
and Polmona in Claggan
* Alness, Aultbea; Milton and Balintore;
* Thurso and the small neighbouring communities within the
Thurso settlement zone1 (i.e. Forss; Geise; Glengolly;
Weydale) in Caithness.
1 Settlement Zones in Highland are geographical areas based on
the historical catchment areas of schools and are used to
define community areas.