A large housing investment in Eastern Scotland announced by Angus Council is set to deliver more than 600 new affordable homes in Angus by March 2024, with the majority for social rent.
The scheme, to be delivered with housing association partners, will be funded with the help of £44m from the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme. This promises to deliver at least 50,000 affordable homes across the country by 2021, 70% of which will be for social rent.
Angus’s strategic housing investment plan reveals that the area’s population of older people is set to grow by a quarter by 2037 and that 16% of households require an adaptation or specialist housing. It recommends a 75:25 split between social rented housing and alternative affordable housing tenures.
Cllr Mark Salmond, Angus Council communities convener, said the half of the new homes would be delivered directly by the council and half through housing association partners. The majority of the homes would be made available for social rent.
He said that the scheme was ambitious and great news for the construction sector, bringing the certainty of continued investment in house building. It would also help to reduce homelessness.
He added: ‘We are committed to delivering good quality, safe, secure, sustainable and affordable housing within environments that meet people’s needs. That includes adapted, specialist and supported housing.’
Angus’s strategic housing investment plan demonstrates how new houses will be delivered and identifies the resources needed and the role of key partners.