1,000 coun­cil houses set to be built by 2022

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The hous­ing strat­egy for South La­nark­shire Coun­cil has been agreed, with one of the main pri­or­i­ties to de­liver on the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to build 1,000 new coun­cil homes.

The Lo­cal Hous­ing Strat­egy 2017-2022 sets out nine out­comes which cover hous­ing sup­ply, qual­ity and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, sup­port­ing in­de­pen­dent liv­ing, ad­dress­ing and pre­vent­ing home­less­ness and pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able places.

Josh Wil­son, chair­man of the hous­ing and tech­ni­cal re­sources com­mit­tee, said: “This strat­egy is ab­so­lutely vital to de­liv­er­ing the coun­cil’s hous­ing pri­or­i­ties. It is as­pi­ra­tional, am­bi­tious and puts a num­ber of our ad­min­is­tra­tion’s com­mit­ments into ac­tion.

“It com­mits us to en­sur­ing there is a clear fo­cus on re­gen­er­a­tion, to cre­at­ing more suc­cess­ful and sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties, to de­vel­op­ing hous­ing for older peo­ple which meets their needs, to re­view­ing the coun­cil’s pro­gramme of buy­ing back into coun­cil own­er­ship prop­er­ties sold un­der Right to Buy and puts tar­gets on in­creas­ing the num­ber of ac­cred­ited pri­vate land­lords in South La­nark­shire.

“I am also pleased to reaf­firm the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to build 1,000 new homes by 2021/2022 – but that is not the limit of our am­bi­tions.

“The level of hous­ing need in South La­nark­shire and the ser­vice pres­sure which ex­ists mean we need to con­tinue to iden­tify fur­ther op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­liver af­ford­able new homes.

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