Highland Council Resources Committee has approved the transfer of Achiltibuie Schoolhouse to the Coigach Community Development Company on terms to be finalised with the Director of Development & Infrastructure.
This good news means we may soon be working with Highland Small Communities Housing Trust (HSCHT) to transform the now vacant Achiltibuie Schoolhouse into two flats for rent.
The plan is to lease the building to HSCHT who will oversee redevelopment and manage tenancies. HSCHT have all the expertise and experience to take this project forward and we are very happy with the good working relationship we have with them. Substantial funding is already in place through the Nationwide Foundation (Shelter Empty Homes initiative) and we are optimistic about attracting more to ensure a high standard of redevelopment.
Although HSCHT will be managing the tenancies, CCDC and the community will contribute to the criteria eg. key worker, local connections, working or coming to work in Coigach and/or able to demonstrate social and economic benefit to the area.
Proposals include converting the house into two flats – one downstairs, with access by the front door, and the other upstairs with its own entrance round the back. With the addition of insulation, new wiring and an an energy-efficient heating system the new flats will provide cosy, comfortable homes in the heart of the village.