Between 1951 – 2001 the population in Harris dropped by 50%, a stark reminder that the community badly needed investment. The trust and the community have been working hard to reverse this trend and since purchasing the land in 2010 there has been a 20% increase in population, marking the first real progress for a very long time.
Prior to the trust being formed, the initial steering group in 2007 identified that 35% of houses in West Harris were either holiday homes or self-catering cottages. The trust agreed that for their to be a sustainable community for the future, this housing imbalance must be addressed. The main focus was to increase the availability of affordable housing to enable young families to locate to the area.
Talla na Mara
Along with the many economic and social benefits that Talla na Mara has brought with it, additionally the development has enabled 6 houses to be built in partnership with HHP.
The houses are a huge bonus to Talla na Mara and the West Harris Trust. One of our board members is a resident while there are also 2 staff members that live across the road.
The houses are filled with young families and couples, and it is amazing hearing the laughter of children in West Harris once again!!
There is potential for a further HHP development at Talla na Mara, which would again hugely help to boost the population, and increase the availability of affordable housing.
One of the primary aims of the Trust is to strengthen and revitalise the community by attracting families into the area .
We have therefore made available various plots of land for permanent residents at significantly below market value.
Three sites were made available at Luskentyre – Have now sold
Exceptional location with views across Borve beach and out to Taransay – Sold
Two stunning plots available overlooking Niseabost beach, Taransay and the North Harris hills, ideal for a 3-bedroom property and garden. Each site is approximately 0.1 hectares at Grid Reference NG: 0370696249.
For more information please download our prospectus here: Horgabost House Plots