New homes in the pipeline
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.”