2,500 affordable homes to be constructed in Aberdeenshire

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Aberdeenshire Council reveals “ambitious plans” to invest £135m to build more than 2,500 affordable homes

Affordable homes in Aberdeenshire are to gain a boost after the council revealed plans to create more than 2,500 by 2022.

The plans form part of the council’s draft strategic housing investment plan and would see the affordable homes built at a cost of £135m.

Scottish government funding could help with the scheme

According to the draft, some £95m of the total cost could be secured through the Scottish government’s resource planning assumptions.

Chair of the council’s social work and housing committee Councillor Anne Allan spoke to the Press and Journal.

She said: “The council has ambitious plans to increase the supply of affordable homes. It will help to reduce our waiting lists and provide much needed homes in Aberdeenshire.

“The government has given the money to do it. We can’t do it without their funding. It is really needed.”

It is expected the plans will see 314 homes given the green light in 2016-17. In 2017-18 a further 495 will follow, with 380 from 2019-20, and 430 from 2020-21. The following year will end with 439 homes.

Developers are being asked to come forward with proposals if they are able to provide or contribute to affordable housing provision.

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