Kevin Stewart MSP cuts the ribbon on the Mackenzie Lane development

The latest phase of a brand new housing estate was officially opened on the outskirts of Stornoway today by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Housing and Local Government.

Mackenzie Lane is the third stage of the Mackenzie Park housing complex on Melbost Farm, and comprises 24 new homes.

It is made up of:
• 8 x 1-bedroom / 2-person houses;
• 10 x 2-bedroom / 4-person houses; and
• 6 x 3-bedroom / 5-person houses.

The houses are to be split between rental and shared equity properties; 16 rental and eight shared equity, which offers fantastic opportunities for first-time buyers and renters alike.

At today’s launch, Kevin Stewart MSP commented: “The Scottish Government is investing £3 billion in affordable housing over the course of this parliament.

“That will create 50,000 affordable homes, 35,000 of those for social rent.
“I am absolutely adamant that all of Scotland will benefit from what is the largest housing building programme in decades.
“It always fills me with joy to come to the islands to see what is happening here and I am pleased that in terms of our resource planning assumptions from now until 2020/21, nearly £31 million has been allocated to the Western Isles.
“I hope that every single penny of that can be utilised here, so that communities right across the islands can benefit from this programme.”

He added: “I hope this project will bring joy to many folks, for many years to come.”

Comhairle Convener Norman A Macdonald said that the Melbost Farm project was a ‘flagship development’ for HHP.

“I am pleased to say that very quickly, this area has become a community," he said.
“It’s not just a collection of houses, but a place that people can call their home, in the widest possible sense.”

To date, 81 affordable houses have been finished at the Mackenzie Park site.

Work is currently underway on another section of the estate, which will be known as Mackenzie Avenue. 

Once complete, in 2019, the estate will comprise 131 new houses.

Alasdair Allan MSP commented: “The opening of Mackenzie Lane represents real progress in tackling local housing needs.

“Here in the Western Isles we face problems with a lack of affordable housing, ageing stock and houses poorly equipped to retain heat. Increasing the supply of affordable homes is a key SNP commitment and plays a vital role in helping to tackle poverty and inequality in the Isles.

“I am delighted with the progress that has been made at MacKenzie Park and that the latest phase has been completed. This represents a significant increase in the housing stock for Stornoway – the area where demand for affordable housing is highest.

“This follows last month’s announcement that the Western Isles will receive £25 million worth of investment for affordable housing over the next three years – easily the highest per capita funding for any council area in Scotland – which will help contribute to the Scottish Government’s national target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021."

The new homes are a mixed of rented and shared equity properties

No two homes are the same in design, to give them each a unique identity

Work is ongoing on the Mackenzie Avenue section of the estate