The first meeting of a sub-group set up to address the housing problem facing the Highlands and Islands took place in Inverness this month, with members agreeing to challenge the norms and bring about changes that will better support the housing needs of the region. The 12-member sub-group was set u
The impact of far higher levels of fuel poverty on the physical and mental health of people living in rural areas of Scotland is outlined in research published by Changeworks. Comparing three regions – Caithness and Sutherland, Highlands and Islands and remote rural areas – the analysis
A new fund has been launched to support communities to register an early interest to be able to obtain first option to buy land or buildings being offered for sale. Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which already administers the Scottish Land Fund across the country on behalf of Scottish Gover
A new Green Heat Innovation Support Programme worth up to £17.6 million is being launched today for companies across Scotland covering industries from manufacturing to technology innovators and the heating supply chain. The new programme has been developed by Scottish Enterprise in conjunction
A new Delivery Group will take the lead in progressing the recently-published Arran Island Plan, which will be used to help drive the development of the island over the next decade. The establishment of the group means that those who will be affected most by the plan - local people – will lead
A new housing authority for the Highlands and Islands would help improve access to affordable housing across the area and retain and increase the population, according to Professor Jim Hunter. Writing in the Press and Journal, Professor Hunter has suggested the new authority would be charg
Glendale welcomed local MSP Kate Forbes last week as she visited the community-led renovation of Borrodale school and schoolhouse. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and Crown Estate Scotland recently awarded grants to further develop the buildings into much-needed affordable housing.
The Applecross Community Company (ACC) has welcome local households into the first community-owned accommodation on the peninsula and the first affordable houses built in Applecross for 18 years. The community-led development of three accessible homes is a milestone for the area, built in response t
Up to 26,000 people across the Highlands and Islands are being invited to take part in a regional survey conducted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on what’s important to them living and working in their communities.