Cash to cre­ate 1000 new homes

Af­ford­able units are agreed by coun­cil chiefs

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

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

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