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The new Mackenzie Lane social housing development near Stornoway has been officially opened by Scottish housing minister Kevin Stewart.


The scheme of 24 homes is the third stage of the Mackenzie Park housing complex on Melbost Farm.


It brings the total number of completed houses at Mackenzie Park to 81, of which 51 are for affordable rent.


The Scottish Government gave a £9.4 million grant for the whole development which is due to see 131 homes built by September 2019.


Kevin Stewart said: “Everyone in Scotland should have a safe and warm place to call home and I’m delighted that our investment has helped to make affordable housing a reality at Mackenzie Lane in Sandwick.”

He pointed out the project created building jobs and is also a “great example” of how partnership working can deliver high quality homes to suit the needs of people and families, allowing them to remain within their communities.


Calum Mackay vice chair of HHP said: “Building new houses is not just about achieving targets it is ultimately about making a tangible difference for people in the Outer Hebrides by providing somewhere they can call ‘home’ as well as making a considerable contribution to maintaining employment in the construction industry.


MSP Alasdair Allan said the development represents “real progress” in tackling local housing needs.


“Here in the Western Isles we face problems with a lack of affordable housing, ageing stock and houses poorly equipped to retain heat. Increasing the supply of affordable homes is a key SNP commitment and plays a vital role in helping to tackle poverty and inequality in the isles.”






Housing minister Kevin Stewart (centre) cuts the ribbon.

24 new homes formally opened in Lewis

11 July 2017