£6.5m affordable housing investment ‘on track’ in Moray

Moray Council has said it is on track to deliver almost £6.5 million of affordable housing this year.

The authority has already met its target for 28 completions in Buckie since the start of the financial year. Works are under way on another 102 homes in Elgin, Hopeman and Mosstodloch, and site starts are scheduled for 67 homes in Keith and Aberlour this year. Currently, an average of 65 homes are forecast to be completed annually between 2019/20 and 2021/22.

Working with housing associations and developers, Moray Council is meeting its objectives under the Moray Affordable Housing Supply Programme and, with good progress on projects in Elgin, Buckie and Aberlour, it’s anticipated the programme will deliver on its projected spend of £6.49 million for 2019/20.

Feedback from tenants living in new affordable housing has been considered and, as a result, forthcoming developments will feature triple glazing to improve heat retention; larger level access shower areas; variable height worktops in wheelchair-accessible bungalows and, where possible, direct access to the garden from the kitchen.

Chair of Moray Council’s communities committee, Cllr Louise Laing, said she was pleased with the progress being made.

“Housebuilding can be complex but I’m pleased that we’re keeping up the momentum. Working in partnership with developers and housing associations, dozens of high-quality, much-needed homes are being built for our residents here in Moray,” Cllr Laing added.

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