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Case Study Kincardine Estate Affordable Housing Rural estates are major providers of affordable rented housing in Scotland and often supply more than Local Authorities and Housing Associations combined. Kincardine Estate owns 69 homes in and around the village of Kincardine O’Neil in Royal Deeside and, of these, 61 are leased at affordable rents with another property used to house a key employee and one self-catering property. The remainder are leased at market rents. This compares with Aberdeenshire Council’s 13 council houses in and around Kincardine O’Neil.

The homes are all leased at an affordable rent to support the local community and to help provide homes for people on modest incomes who want to live in the village. The picturesque village is very popular with tourists and many properties are sold or leased for far more than many locally could afford. By electing to provide affordable homes in the area the Estate is providing direct support to households and families in the area.

The Estate is proud of its record in attracting long-term tenants for their affordable properties, who then go on to play a role in the community and in village life. Average length of tenure is over 9 years. By helping to maintain a stable population, the Estate is helping to ensure that the local school remains open and the local shops continue to trade. The Estate also rents shops and workshop premises to try and help increase opportunities for local economic activity.

With support from the Scottish Government, in 1999 the Estate completed the building of 14 new homes. The properties were built to be leased at an affordable rent, with 75% of the tenants applying through Aberdeenshire Council’s Housing allocation system. The homes at Canmore Place won several prestigious awards, including the 2000 Homes Innovation Award by DETR Construction Best Practice Programme and Aberdeenshire Design Awards – Housing (2000).

A dedicated estate maintenance team – made up of 4 people all work to ensure that any necessary work is carried out swiftly, efficiently and ecologically, and always with the carbon footprint of the Estate in mind.

Kincardine Estate owner, Andrew Bradford, takes pride in the Estate’s contribution to the community: ‘Since I took up over the day-to-day running of the Estate in 1979 I have strived to do what I can to help keep the village alive. Too often we see rural communities shattered by a lack of affordable housing, too many second homes and local people unable to afford to remain in the area. I am proud of the role that the Estate has been able to play in my own community, and hope to secure the support of the Scottish Government so that the private rental sector can continue to sustain communities.’
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