760 new homes are to be built

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

MORE than 760 new af­ford­able homes are planned by Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil over the next five years.

Pro­pos­als are be­ing put to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to de­liver the ‘much-needed’ new prop­er­ties, as part of the coun­cil’s Strate­gic Hous­ing In­vest­ment Plan (SHIP).

These homes are in ad­di­tion to the 154 af­ford­able homes al­ready be­ing built this year (2017/18) as part of the SHIP process, the coun­cil said.

In­vest­ment of £50 mil­lion has been ap­proved by the gov­ern­ment to sup­port the pro­gramme in its first three years.

The coun­cil is con­tribut­ing al­most £9 mil­lion from its Strate­gic Hous­ing Fund and a fur­ther £1.9 mil­lion a year over the next four years.

Coun­cil­lor Robin Cur­rie said: ‘Ac­cess to good qual­ity, af­ford­able hous­ing is a ma­jor pri­or­ity for us.

‘We aim to de­liver on this am­bi­tious de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme with our part­ners to en­sure a pos­i­tive fu­ture for our com­mu­ni­ties.

‘We hope it will bring a host of ben­e­fits to Ar­gyll and Bute. These in­clude gen­er­at­ing in­vest­ment, boost­ing the lo­cal econ­omy, cre­at­ing ad­di­tional jobs, in­clud­ing new ap­pren­tice­ships, stim­u­lat­ing com­mu­nity re­gen­er­a­tion, and at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing res­i­dents and em­ploy­ees for lo­cal busi­nesses.

‘Our tar­get as set out in the SHIP is 550 but we are con­fi­dent we can ex­pand on that, which is why we are aim­ing for more.’

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