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Case study – All Roads Lead to Whithorn demonstrating impact on a rural community

Development trust, All Roads Lead to Whithorn, worked with South of Scotland Community Housing to organise a community led housing approach. This saw a 30 year empty listed building – The Grapes Hotel – premises transformed into much needed affordable, energy efficient homes in Whithorn town centre.

Two young families are now settled in warm homes which were renovated to near passive house standard. Keeping housing costs low allowed security for tenants and the chance to build their lives in the area. This project has transformed what was previously a blight on an historic town centre, helping to restore community pride and provide opportunities for future generations. Families settling and remaining in the area will boost local services and schools, benefiting residents and the economic prospects of the town.

A short video, where Mike Staples. SOSCH CEO talks about the project, can be viewed below.