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Housing Strategy

Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar has a statutory responsibility as the strategic housing organisation for the Outer Hebrides to produce a Local Housing Strategy.

Outer Hebrides Local Housing Strategy 2011-2016 (PDF, 3.9M) details the housing outcomes, objectives, and actions that the Comhairle and our local partners believe will best address the issues affecting our distinctive local housing system during the lifespan of the Strategy. It provides a framework that will allow us to work together to use our resources and expertise to improve the housing outcomes for residents of the Outer Hebrides.

Our New LHS 2011-2016

  • Recognises that good quality housing and housing services play a central role in the social, economic and physical well-being of all Outer Hebrides residents.
  • Sets out the housing contribution to meeting the Outer Hebrides’ Community Planning Partnership long-term ambition to create a stable and more diverse population as set out in the Single Outcome Agreement 2011-2013
  • Has been informed by our statutory duties and the policy priorities of the Scottish Government.
  • Is based on the findings of the comprehensively updated Outer Hebrides Housing Need and Demand Assessment (PDF, 1.6M), which was assessed as “Robust and Credible” by Scottish Government in December 2011.  
  • Takes account of the outcomes of key achievements since our previous LHS and supporting plans were published
  • Has been shaped by issues raised by stakeholders and residents during a comprehensive consultation exercise on an earlier draft of the LHS.

What local housing outcomes do we wish to achieve in the long term?

Based on our consultations with the residents of the Outer Hebrides, we believe this strategy will be a success in the long term if as a result of implementing it:

  1. More households live in good quality, dry, warm, and energy efficient housing that minimises the risk of fuel poverty and contributes to a reduction in carbon emissions.  
  2. The balance between housing supply and demand is improved so that more households can secure a suitable home in their preferred area at a price they can afford.
  3. More people can secure the housing services they require to live independently in their preferred choice of accommodation.
  4. Fewer households become homeless but those that do are assisted to secure and maintain permanent accommodation.
  5. High quality information and advice is readily available to help households to make the best possible housing choices at different times in their life.
Summary of the Local Housing Strategy 2011-16 (PDF, 85K)

Links with other local strategies and local plans

The LHS is a corporate strategy and delivery of some of the priority actions set out in the document will require further development of policy and practice with colleagues in other departments.   

Aside from the Single Outcome Agreement, the LHS is also particularly closely aligned to the Comhairle’s Local Development Plan (LDP), which will deliver an adequate supply of suitable land for housing development, and the Housing Land Audit which monitors the availability of sites, their progress through planning processes and annual house completion figures.

Monitoring and Review

The Comhairle will regularly monitor progress towards the LHS objectives and will review the document on an annual basis.

The review of the previous Local Housing Strategy 2004-2009 (PDF, 380K) is available to download here.

For further information please contact:

Isobel MacKenzie (Housing Strategy and Development Officer)
Housing Services Team
Development Department
Sandwick Road
Stornoway
HS1 2BW

Tel: 01851 822691
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