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Case Study Valuable affordable housing Scone Estate in Perthshire is providing affordable housing and helping to sustain a valuable local community through funding from the Scottish Government's Rural Housing Fund and Perth and Kinross Council's Empty Homes Loan Fund.

The Rural Housing Fund has provided a grant of £55,000 while the Empty Homes Loan Fund has given an interest free loan of £20,000 to completely refurbish a former schoolhouse in Logiealmond and make it available as a family home.

Suzanne Urquhart, Property Consultant to Scone Estate, said: “The estate will also invest approximately £10,000 in the project.” The property will be rented at an affordable rent in perpetuity.

The former schoolhouse sits next to the local school in a very rural location. “It became vacant in 2015 and needed a lot of work done,” added Suzanne.

“It's in a particularly sensitive location and, combined with private water supply issues, has meant we couldn't move new tenants in. “The combination of the new funds plus the estate's contributions have meant a comprehensive building refurbishment project is now nearing completion. It has included a full interior renovation with a new kitchen and bathroom, new boiler and central heating, double glazing, modern insulation throughout, electrical work and external painting. The estate is also in the process of investing heavily in a new borehole system to resolve the water supply issues.”

The work has been carried out by a local contractor, Perth Building Solutions – an important factor as far as Scone Estate is concerned.

The estate's allocations policy, as agreed with the Scottish Government and the local council, sets out specific criteria when deciding on who should be offered the home.

Among these are the economic growth, retention and regeneration of the Logiealmond area, which means preference is given to people who are employed within the Logiealmond/Perth area or travel to work within a 15-mile radius of the property.

Similarly, sustaining the school roll is seen as vital. This means preference is also given to people who have children enrolled at the school or have children who will attend the school if they move to the property.

“The school is in danger of closure, so we want to support it,” said Suzanne. “We are very keen to encourage settlement by local families, among other things, to help ensure the school remains open.”

Scone Estate is a provider of long-term housing in the area and is committed to seeing the local community develop and thrive.
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