The project is being delivered as part of the Comhairle's Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2017-22 with the support of Cùram Is Slàinte nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Integrated Joint Board (IJB)) and Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP).
During the summer of 2017, HHP and the Comhairle partnered with Scottish Government’s More Homes Scotland to undertake a Master Planning and Options Appraisal exercise for a large strategic housing site in the Goathill area of Stornoway with the objective to deliver affordable housing, housing with Extra Care, and a Residential Care Home hub to meet the needs of the island’s elderly population and to fulfil wider strategic housing objectives.
The development is based on the preferred model of care identified by the IJB and comprises a 52 bed residential care home and a 50 unit extra care facility on a greenfield site at the former Goathill Farm. In addition to the buildings, the development also comprises ancillary facilities such as car parking and bus drop-off areas, courtyard and external garden areas, refuse compound, delivery zones, and works to the existing road infrastructure and access to the site at Perceval Road.
The project will also deliver 74 affordable homes on the land out-with the residential care and housing with extra care development, utilising HHP’s preferred house types (comprising single and two storeys) as previously implemented in other island locations.