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Tomintoul – collaborative development for town centre living

Tomintoul and GlenLivet Development Trust (TGDT) recognised a critical need for affordable housing in Tomintoul to drive regeneration and sustain community growth.

In collaboration with the Communities Housing Trust TGDT embarked on a project to identify sites, develop proposals, and secure funding to deliver much-needed housing. 

The project resulted in the successful delivery of 12 high quality homes on the former school site.

 

The involvement of the Communities Housing Trust and a professional design team was crucial in navigating the complexities of the capital project. Public bodies including HIE and the Cairngorms National Park Authority contributed their expertise, which was instrumental in developing and executing the plans. Early-stage feasibility funding from the Scottish Land Fund and the Rural and Islands Housing Fund enabled the project to move forward.

TGDT’s holistic approach, rooted in its mission to foster a sustainable future for the Tomintoul and Glenlivet area, influenced the project significantly. This strategy emphasised regenerating a central site that had been derelict for two decades, with the aim of regenerating the town centre, increasing footfall and supporting local businesses. The development not only provided housing but also bolstered community capacity and confidence.

A place-based approach encompasses more than just housing. TGDT’s work includes managing a museum, visitor centre, and a community-run tourist hostel, which are vital to the area’s cultural and economic life. The housing development incorporated home-working spaces, communal areas, and sustainable energy solutions, reflecting the Trust’s broader goals of quality of life and environmental responsibility.