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Work has started on the construction of fourteen new houses on Benbecula and South Uist

Iain Stephen Morrison

Fourteen new homes are now under construction, with ten to be built on Benbecula and a further four on South Uist.

Hebridean Housing Partnership said the development in Balivanich will include two one-bedroom houses, four two-bedroom properties and four houses with three bedrooms, while there will be two three-bedroom and two two-bedroom homes constructed at Howmore.

Calmax Construction Ltd is the contractor working on the Balivanich development, which is expected to be completed in early 2022, while MacInnes Bros Ltd is building the four new homes at Howmore, which are expected to be ready for tenants later in 2021.

Last year Hebridean Housing Partnership invited suggestions for names for the Balivanich development and settled on Johnstone Court, after the late Donald John Johnstone, a well known character from Benbecula.

Iain Macmillan, chairman of Hebridean Housing Partnership, commented: “Both the ten houses at Johnstone Court and four houses at Howmore, along with recent developments at Torlum and Garrynamonie, are part of the Hebridean Housing Partnership commitment to the delivery of the Strategic Housing Investment Plan, developed and agreed by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and delivered in partnership with Hebridean Housing Partnership and Scottish Government.

“We recognise that the provision of social housing is one way of providing the homes required to ensure the sustainability of the islands and are happy to work with local and national partners to deliver what is needed.”

Mr MacMillan added that a further eight homes, currently in the planning process, are to be built in Lochmaddy.