A lack of affordable housing has frequently been identified as a contributing factor in young people being unable to settle in the South West Mull and Iona area. The school roll at both local primary schools - at Bunessan and on Iona – is expected to drop over the next few years and there is a net loss of working age people. There is also a relatively high percentage of “young and stuck” – over 26 year olds who are employed but have no option but to remain living in the parental home.
In partnership with Rural Housing Scotland (RHS) SWMID carried out a Housing Needs Survey in 2017. This was followed by the commissioning of RHS, with funding from the Islands Housing Fund, to carry out a feasibility study into the possibility of an affordable housing project in Bunessan.
The development of this project is currently on hold while funding options are explored.