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Award for Luss Estates recognising its housing partnership

Luss Estates Company has won an award recognising its role in establishing an innovative housing development partnership.

The estate, based within the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, has received Scottish Land & Estates’ Central region’s ‘Helping It Happen’ award after it strived to help create new family homes in the village of Luss.

In May 2016, Luss Estates announced that it was to gift a parcel of land - valued at more than £150,000 - for five new homes to be built for local families on the banks of Loch Lomond.  Together with an £80,000 cash contribution towards the cost of construction, this brings the total value of the gift to approaching £250,000.

With many local people struggling to raise the finance for properties in this iconic beauty spot, Luss Estates invested in the future by donating the site to the housing association to support the development of affordable housing.

The gift of land followed extensive discussion and research between a range of stakeholders, including Argyll and Bute Council and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park looking at four key issues facing Luss: population demographic and housing; economy and employment; transport and arrival; and setting.

The ambition of Luss Estates is to provide a broad range of family housing, with potential sites in and around Luss identified which could accommodate up to 78 new family homes. Local stakeholders also want to see improved communication technology, such as high speed broadband and mobile coverage, and for the exploration of business opportunities with, where feasible, the provision of business premises.

The Helping It Happen awards are part of an initiative run by Scottish Land & Estates to highlight how landowners and rural businesses across Scotland play a key role in enabling and supporting success in rural areas.

Nominations open in March for the national Helping It Happen awards, and members of the public will be invited to propose their local estate where it has done something to help their community. An awards ceremony will be held in late-May and more details on the campaign, and the awards, can be found at www.helpingithappen.co.uk. The awards have been supported by Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing.

Martin Robb, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates’ Central region, said the Luss Estates Company award was fitting recognition for the role the estate continues to play in developing a positive future for the area.

Mr Robb said: “The estate rightly recognises that people are what makes our rural communities so special and they are investing in the future of Luss by gifting land for new family houses to be built. This is a significant financial commitment but above all else, a demonstration of how landowners can better the lives of the communities of which they are part.”

Simon Miller, chief executive of Luss Estates, said: “Gifting the parcel of land for the creation of new housing was a significant commitment but one that we were determined to make to encourage Luss to prosper. We view the estate as being part of the community and for us, that comes with a responsibility to facilitate its positive future wherever we can. Our hope is that the new houses will be made available to local families – our main aim is to ensure that they are able to stay in the area.”

 

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