Regular readers of the Advantage Home Construction Insurance blog will have noticed that we’ve been writing rather a lot about the under-supply of council housing and other forms of affordable housing in the UK in recent months.
In the latest move to tackle the issue at a regional level, new plans to build £150 million of housing in the North-East have been unveiled this week.
As reported by the Evening Express: Aberdeenshire Council has published its Strategic Housing Investment Plan (Ship) following feedback from the Scottish Government.
The council has laid out proposals for 2,354 homes in the next five years as part of the Government scheme, with 1,949 of the houses earmarked for social rent.
Feedback from Holyrood said the Ship “clearly fits” with the local authority’s housing strategy.
Communities committee chairwoman Anne Stirling said: “The core purpose of the Ship is to set out our investment priorities for affordable housing over the next five years and the feedback from Scottish Government is encouraging.”
Work has already started to implement the plan, which will form part of other larger-scale developments across the region.
Last month, we featured a blog post about Council house building figures being at their highest for 17 years. Local authorities built 3,540 homes in the UK in 2017/18, the highest figure in 17 years, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. However, a total of 12,059 council homes were sold over the same period.
Despite these figures being encouraging, the Government still has a long way to go if they are to meet their ambitious housebuilding targets.
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