Living at Dormont Park
One of the conditions of the Scottish Government Rural Homes for Rent Grant is that the houses must be available for let for a period of 30 years at an affordable level of rent to local people in priority housing need.
These houses are allocated to house those in local priority need, namely:-
- those living locally with family and friends
- retiring local tenant farmers
- those in tied housing needing to move
- people moving to the area to work
- those moving to the area to support their family
- those living in unsatisfactory housing conditions
Dumfries and Galloway Council have nomination rights over 4 of the 8 houses to house homeless households.
The houses were completed in July 2011 and tenants moved in immediately. All the houses have been taken by local families.
When they first moved in to Dormont Park, tenants were asked for their views on the houses. Here’s what they said:
“This is a dream come true. Since my twenties – long before it was even talked about – I have wanted to live in a house like this.”
“Why has it taken so long to build projects like this?”
“The house is very warm and very beautiful and we are so lucky to have landed here.”
“It feels just like home – it feels so right. You have built a real community here.”