Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney
Open Day for new Council homes in Holm
11 January 2012

Twelve new Council homes in St Mary’s will be on show at an Open Day on Friday January 13 from 11:30am to 2.30pm.

These latest Council houses take the total of new homes built by OIC in its current house building programme up to 56 – almost halfway to the Council’s target of 125 by 2013.

The new development of 12 bungalows at the north end of the village includes six 2-bedroom homes, four 3-bedroom homes and two wheelchair accessible 2-bedroom homes.

Councillor Roderick McLeod, chair of the Council’s Social Services and Housing Committee, said: “It’s a pleasure to see more new Council houses being completed, on display and ready to become real homes.

“These latest houses in St Mary’s are evidence of the Council’s determination to support rural communities and to provide social housing right across Orkney.”

About Orkney Islands Council’s house building programme:

The Council is aiming to build 125 new homes in the three years leading up to 2013.

Over the past two years, Orkney Islands Council has attracted over £3.2m of funding from the Scottish Government for its house building programme.

Projects already completed include:

  • 12 new houses in Finstown – completed in Spring 2011
  • 18 units in Andersquoy, Kirkwall - completed in Spring 2011
  • Two houses in Petticoat Lane, Orphir - completed in Summer 2011
  • Four Houses, Makerhouse Dounby, completed Summer 2011
  • Eight OIC houses at Phase 1 Peerie Sea loan
  • Plus, this latest development of 12 homes in St Mary’s

Projects underway:

  • 40 new homes in Peerie Sea Loan, Kirkwall (a joint project with Orkney Housing Association) – due for completion in Winter 2012, with the first twenty Phase 1 homes already handed over to OIC (8) and OHAL (12)
  • 15 homes in Netherton Road, Stromness – due for completion in Summer 2012
  • 12 homes in Watersfield, Kirkwall – due for completion in Summer 2012. This project has attracted £360k from the Scottish Government’s Innovation and Investment Fund
  • 8 extra-care houses as part of the St Margaret’s Hope Care Facility – due for completion in early 2012
  • 10 houses on Damsay View, Finstown – due for completion in Spring 2012

Projects in the pipeline:

  • 15 houses in Garson, Stromness
  • 6 houses in St Margaret’s Hope
  • 12 flats in Kirkwall
  • 4 houses in Westray