Lochaber Housing Association

Background Information


Lochaber Housing Association is a Scottish Charity (SCO 30951), a Friendly Society under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 (2289R) and is registered with the Scottish Housing Regulator Reg no:151. Responsibility for running the Association lies with a Board of Management , which is elected from a broad membership of local people drawn from throughout Lochaber.

Affordable Housing

Spean BridgeThe Association was set up in 1988 as a response to the chronic housing need in Lochaberís rural communities. This housing pressure was largely due to the impact of the Right to Buy on Council housing and the difficulty of accessing owner occupation because of high property prices fuelled by land costs and second and holiday homes. These problems are just as evident today as they were in 1988, notwithstanding the good work of the Association, The Highland Council and other agencies in the intervening period.

Our mission is to provide good quality, truly affordable housing opportunities and services for local people in their preferred communities, thereby identifying and meeting local needs and helping to maintain and develop thriving communities throughout Lochaber.

The Association achieves this by accessing public funding, mainly through the Scottish Government, as well as private sector lending facilities to develop and manage housing, mainly for rent but also through low cost home ownership accommodation.

The Associationís Mission is underpinned by the following strategic objectives.

  • We will provide increasing numbers of high quality affordable housing solutions throughout Lochaber.
  • We will develop and manage a high quality range of services that meet the needs and preferences of service users.
  • We will ensure that we manage and govern our affairs effectively and prudently and in doing so will operate accountably and openly in all that we do.
  • We will ensure that our financial management and planning will deliver medium and long term financial viability.
  • We will support, train and develop our staff team in the furtherance of our objectives.


Operational responsibility for the day to day activities of the Association lies with the Chief Executive and Management Team.

These individuals are:

Blair Allan, LLB MCIH, Chief Executive
Margaret Moynihan, BA (Hons), Head of Housing & Corporate Services
Sean Doherty, Head of Asset Management

If you would like any further information about our services, including housing for rent and low cost home ownership or you would like to enquire about membership of the Association, please contact us at 101 High Street, Fort William PH33 6DG, or by email at info@lochaberhousing.co.uk or by telephone on 01397 70 2530.



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