New £81m homes plan to get the OK

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Jenny Foulds

An am­bi­tious £81mil­lion plan to build 1,000 new af­ford­able homes in­West Dun­bar­ton­shire is set to be ap­proved tonight (Wed­nes­day).

A pro­posal, which will un­der­pin the de­vel­op­ment of houses across the area, will be sub­mit­ted to the Scot­tish Govern­ment if ap­proved by coun­cil­lors.

The new Strate­gic Hous­ing In­vest­ment Plan (SHIP) cov­er­sWest Dun­bar­ton­shire’s house build­ing pro­gramme for 2018 to 2023.

The Scot­tish Govern­ment’s More Homes Scot­land ap­proach aims to in­crease the sup­ply of new af­ford­able hous­ing across the coun­try.

And the SHIP de­tails how the coun­cil will as­sist in meet­ing its tar­get through the de­liv­ery of around 1,000 new social rented homes in­West Dun­bar­ton­shire.

Pri­or­ity projects in­clude 15 new coun­cil homes in Creveul Court, Alexan­dria, and 120 new coun­cil houses on the sites of Hal­dane Pri­mary and Aitken­bar Pri­mary.

TheWheat­ley Group has plans for hous­ing in­West­cliff, Stir­ling Road in Bon­hill and Dum­bain Road and Car­rochan Road in Hal­dane.

Dunbrit­ton Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion are set to build new homes at Dumbarton Har­bour, Golfhill Drive and on the Cot­tage Hos­pi­tal site.

Mean­while, Cale­do­nia Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion have 167 new homes planned, in­clud­ing in Bellsmyre, Dalquhurn and Mitchel­lWay in Alexan­dria.

A re­port which goes to the coun­cil’s full meet­ing tonight reads:“This level of de­vel­op­ment, av­er­ag­ing over 200 per year, would rep­re­sent a sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanced af­ford­able hous­ing sup­ply pro­gramme ex­ceed­ing the an­nual tar­get of 80 units.

“How­ever, as theWest Dun­bar­ton­shire Lo­cal Hous­ing Strat­egy ev­i­dences there re­mains a con­tin­u­ing high level de­mand for af­ford­able hous­ing, in par­tic­u­lar for social rent, across the re­gion.”

The de­liv­ery of the plan will de­pend upon ap­pro­pri­ate fund­ing from the Scot­tish Govern­ment, with to­tal fund­ing re­quired es­ti­mated to be around £81m.

Of­fi­cers warn that there are risks the am­bi­tious pro­gramme will not be met, adding that a num­ber of the projects are at an early stage with site in­ves­ti­ga­tions not hav­ing been car­ried out yet.

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