Housing to 2040 Report: Highland & Island Growth at Dunbeg Phase 3, Oban

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During the summer of 2019 Architecture and Design Scotland hosted four workshops across Scotland exploring the future of housing in Scotland.

The workshop supported the Scottish Government’s forthcoming Housing to 2040 consultation, and invited a number of professionals and community members across the country to look to review a number of real-life projects from across Scotland to identify “what good looks like” and what skills and resources are needed to achieve this.

Dunbeg Phase 3, Oban

This was the first workshop by A&DS and Scottish Government of the Housing to 2040 summer engagement. It was was held in July 2019 in Dunbeg, Argyll and Bute with a focus on Highlands and Islands growth. Our aim was to take a snapshot of housing delivery and learn from it, by discussing the housing being constructed at Dunbeg and draw wider lessons for housing growth in the Highlands and Islands.

The group used the Place Standard tool to discuss the outcome for residents of the emerging housing. This included group of planners, developers, designers and community representatives who were joined for the discussion and a site visit by Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning.

Affordable homes

Phase three of this development will deliver 300 affordable houses, in the first significant growth area outside Oban’s urban core. We discussed the opportunities realised and issues faced by practitioners during the course of delivery. We tested the outcome of their work with community representatives.

The project is characterised by a strategic partnership approach to delivery between Link Housing Association and Argyll & Bute Council, and a design-led approach that has been influential in procuring the housing. This helped address the moorland and village setting for the housing and challenges associated with accessibility of local infrastructure for new residents. The aim was an integral extension of the existing community of Dunbeg.

This outcome-focussed workshop follows A&DS earlier engagement with Link Housing Association and Argyll & Bute Council at the design stage of the Dunbeg phase three housing.

This report has been prepared by Architecture and Design Scotland. It includes outputs from a series of workshops commissioned by the Scottish Government. The views expressed in this report reflect the output from the sessions. The views are not those of the Scottish Government or A&DS.

 

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