Council helps funds the building of over 1000 new affordable homes in Glasgow
Thursday October 6th, 2016
Glasgow City Council’s Executive Committee gave its approval for the latest round of housing projects in Glasgow to be supported by the council’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) for 2016/17.
The council has a budget of £67.28million for the AHSP, and this will support the delivery of 1076 affordable homes across the city, with some of the largest projects being in the Cadder, Govan, Nitshill, Parkhead and Partick areas.
While most of the AHSP budget will go towards the development of new and affordable homes in Glasgow, £2.5million has been set aside to carry out medical adaptations – such as the construction of ramps, widening of doors, lowering of kitchen work surfaces and fitting a level access shower – required for the tenants of homes managed by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs).
The 2016/17 AHSP was developed in liaison with Glasgow City Council, RSLs and private developers, and was informed by the city’s Housing Strategy and Strategic Housing Investment Plan.
The committee report on the AHSP also made reference to Glasgow City Council’s strategic agreement with the Wheatley Group, which will see the council working with Glasgow Housing Association, Cube Housing Association and Loretto Housing Association on a new build programme of a further 783 homes, with the biggest developments in Cranhill, Drumchapel, Easterhouse and the Gallowgate.
Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:
“One of the most striking changes in Glasgow over the past few years has been the building of thousands of high-quality affordable homes, and I am pleased to see that we will be supporting the construction of so many of these over the course of the financial year. Ensuring people and families have access to good-quality homes is one of the most important things we as a council can do, and I am determined to work with all of our partners in the public and private sectors to ensure that this happens. It should also not be forgotten that the construction of such a high number of homes creates construction jobs and benefits the city’s economy.”
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