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Housing / Six shared equity homes available in new Scalloway housing scheme

Photo: Hjaltland Housing Association

A NEW housing scheme in Scalloway which will offer 32 houses for rent and sale is nearing completion.

Six of the units at the Upper Scalloway scheme – at ‘Berryview’ – have been earmarked for sale under the Scottish Government’s shared equity scheme, which allows people to buy at a reduced rate.

Successful applicants may only need to fund 60 per cent of the property valuation, with the remainder being covered by the government through a shared equity agreement.

The rest of the homes will be made available for social rent by Hjaltland Housing Association.

Hjaltland’s head of housing and customer services Ian Bray said: “The buoyancy of the local property market is well documented, proving a step too far for many members within our community.

“In particular, we hear on a daily basis of the struggle for first-time buyers, and we are therefore excited to be able to facilitate this support for aspiring homeowners.

“This project will offer an alternative housing option for those on a low to medium income who may traditionally struggle to secure a mortgage and compete on the open market.”

Photo: Hjaltland Housing Association

The properties available for purchase include:

  • Two one bedroom, two-person ground floor flats
  • Two one bedroom, two-person first floor flats
  • Two-bedroom, three-person houses

Viewings by appointment will be held on Thursday 23 February, where association staff will be on hand to answer any queries and hand out application packs.

Interested parties can book an appointment slot by phoning the association on 01595 694986.

Applicants not able to attend a viewing, but would like to be considered, can phone the association and request an application pack be sent out. All completed applications must be submitted no later than Friday 10 March.

In addition to the development in Scalloway, the Hjaltland has new build projects on the ground in Brae and Aith, soon to be followed by a four-property project in Walls.

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