Build­ing hopes

More coun­cil houses get un­der­way

Rutherglen Reformer - - Housing - Kenny Smith

Work is get­ting un­der­way this month on new coun­cil houses in Fern­hill.

They are among more than 600 new coun­cil homes are to be built in South La­nark­shire, to help with the short­age of af­ford­able hous­ing in the area.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s pro­pos­als to de­liver the 600 new coun­cil homes for rent were high­lighted in their lat­est Strate­gic Hous­ing In­vest­ment Plan (SHIP) 2015-2020, which was ap­proved at the hous­ing and tech­ni­cal re­sources com­mit­tee last week.

The SHIP is a five-year plan that is used by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to help in­form the al­lo­ca­tion of its fund­ing to the coun­cil for in­vest­ment in new af­ford­able hous­ing.

The Coun­cil has com­mit­ted to build­ing 500 new homes by 2020 but, in ad­di­tion to th­ese, work is al­ready un­der­way this year on de­vel­op­ing 102 ad­di­tional prop­er­ties on three sites across South La­nark­shire.

Con­struc­tion work will start in De­cem­ber on 70 homes in Fern­hill, plus another 22 prop­er­ties at Bel­mont Drive, East Kil­bride, and work started on 28 homes in Baird Hill, East Kil­bride in Septem­ber.

Ann Gee, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of hous­ing and tech­ni­cal sesources, said: “The coun­cil is com­mit­ted to in­creas­ing the num­ber of homes to rent across South La­nark­shire.

“Th­ese 600 new prop­er­ties will be a ma­jor boost to our work to ad­dress the short­age of af­ford­able hous­ing in the area.

“De­mand for homes to rent con­tin­ues to grow and th­ese new homes will help meet lo­cal needs.

“The three de­vel­op­ments that are start­ing this year are in ar­eas where there is par­tic­u­lar pres­sure for so­cial hous­ing, and they will add to the 105 new coun­cil homes that have been built since 2012, mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence in our com­mu­ni­ties and in chal­lenges that we face.”

Fifty-two of the 70 new prop­er­ties to


the be built in Fern­hill are in­cluded in the 102 new coun­cil homes where work is al­ready un­der­way.

House that Some of the new coun­cil hous­ing al­ready built in Fern­hill

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