New homes in the pipe­line

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

Cas­tle Dou­glas could get 50 new homes as part of a mul­ti­mil­lion pound af­ford­able hous­ing project.

Plans, due to go be­fore mem­bers at next Tues­day’s com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee, in­clude 30 new units on King Street and another 20 on Academy Street.

It is part of the Strate­gic Hous­ing In­vest­ment Plan ( SHIP) which hopes to in­crease the num­ber of af­ford­able homes in the re­gion.

Fund­ing for the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment project is set to rise from £13.8 mil­lion to just un­der £22 mil­lion over the next four years for homes in Dum­fries and Gal­loway.

And the coun­cil has now iden­ti­fied 14 sites with a com­bined ca­pac­ity for 315 new houses. It comes as part of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to de­liver 50,000 new af­ford­able houses by 2021.

The com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee will be told about the health ben­e­fits as­so­ci­ated with the new af­ford­able homes and asked to agree the new sites.

Harry Hay, head of cus­tomer ser­vices, will tell mem­bers: “Poor hous­ing can con­trib­ute to a range of health con­di­tions in­clud­ing car­diores­pi­ra­tory dis­ease, de­pres­sion, men­tal health prob­lems, al­ler­gies and skin con­di­tions. Most health ben­e­fits will be ex­pe­ri­enced by peo­ple who are able to ac­cess new homes.”

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