Cash to create 1000 new homes
Affordable units are agreed by council chiefs
Up to 1000 new affordable homes will be built in South Ayrshire by 2023, council chiefs have announced.
Investment worth £ 68 million from the Scottish Government is set to back the “ambitious” project.
It marks a steep jump in the number of targeted units – almost doubling from the previous level of 580.
Bosses said additional subsidies made available from Holyrood had now put them in a position to deliver.
Councillors agreed to a revised Strategic Housing Investment Plan ( SHIP), which will seek out fertile land for building.
More than £ 8 million will be allocated in the upcoming financial year to support new affordable homes.
Units will be delivered by both by the council and Registered Social Landlords ( RSLs).
Annual funding will then surge through the £ 10 million barrier and settle on a yearly figure of £ 12.6 million.
Officers said the plan for building “will be flexible to take account of sites which become available unexpectedly”.
And other plots not included in the Local Development Plan, known as windfall sites, will also be considered.
Housing spokesman, Councillor Phil Saxton, said: “There’s no doubt this is an ambitious target to set.
“We had been looking at building 580 affordable homes and that figure could now be over 1000 new houses.
“My concern is that we involve everyone in this, particularly rural areas.
“I want assurances that we’ll continue to seek land in all areas – not just the big towns.”
Maybole councillor, William Grant, added: “I would share the concern about lack of housing in rural areas.
“We are losing too many young families from small villages, which in turn affects our schools.”
Rural concern chief Phil Saxton Housing