Land for Housing

The Comhairle is starting work on the next Local Development Plan (LDP) and the next Local Housing Strategy (LHS).

As part of the process, the Planning Service has been in touch with land owners with a view to preparing a Housing Land Audit to ensure there is a sufficient land supply that is suitable for the construction of housing. The Comhairle is keen to engage with developers, agents and any land owners to identify potential land or sites available for both private and affordable housing in all areas, but particularly in rural areas. Inclusion in the Housing Land Audit does not indicate that the land would be committed for housing or that development would be guaranteed. Any potential development would still be subject to further feasibility work and the usual planning process. If you have land which could potentially be available for housing please contact the Planning Service on by Tuesday 5th of January 2021.

In addition, the Chair of the Communities and Housing Committee, Councillor Kenny John MacLeod recently wrote to all Grazings Committees. Councillor MacLeod said, “I am seeking views on what could be done to increase housing opportunities in rural areas, particularly in regard to the provision of suitable land for young people. I am particularly interested in hearing about any successful projects to make land available for housing, or examples of good practice in this area.  I am also hoping to elicit information around any particular challenges encountered when trying to release land for potential development”.

For any further information, or to discuss the questionnaire, Mary Ann Graham, Housing Development Officer, may be contacted on