City set for multi million pound housing boost

Posted On: 7th June 2016

More than £10m of investment could see up to 150 affordable new homes built in Dundee in the next two years.Government Opportunities

The figures are revealed in a new report set to go before councillors next week as the council lays out its housing investment priorities.

Major developments like Derby Street and Alexander Street are highlighted in the revised Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) as well as smaller schemes that could be delivered in each of the council’s eight wards.

In 2013 the first council houses for around 20 years were completed at Ann Street/Nelson Street and since then more developments in partnership with housing associations and other RSLs have been completed in Mill O’Mains, Whitfield and Lochee.

The revision to the SHIP has been developed through a series of meetings with representatives of the council and Registered Social Landlords who put forward proposed development sites and the type of housing they wanted to see on it.

The neighbourhood services committee meets on Monday (June 13).

Kevin Cordell depute convener of the council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee said:

“We recognise the need for new affordable housing, but with the best will in the world it is not at all easy creating safe, energy efficient homes from scratch in the places people want to live.

That’s why we are discussing such projects with registered social landlords across the city now and being as flexible and adaptable as we can in our approach.

The Scottish Government has recognised the good progress that has been made so far in the city and has announced funding for the Affordable Housing Supply Programme to the tune of £10.6m this financial year, almost double our allocation in 2015/16.

While our main priority continues to be in the regeneration areas of Mill O Mains, Whitfield, Lochee and Hilltown additional allocations will allow us to look at meeting housing needs in other neighbourhoods.

It could also create opportunities to improve housing choice that will ensure existing stable neighbourhoods are sustained and we continue to meet the requirements of people with particular housing needs.

This revision of the SHIP will contribute towards the aims and objectives of the recently launched Dundee Fairness Commission report which highlights the need for affordable housing and sustainable communities.”

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