Council to increase provision of affordable homes in Moray

Moray affordable homesMoray Council is on course to complete more than 240 new affordable homes over the next three years.

The previous three years have seen a total of 180 affordable homes built and allocated across the area.

A further 31 are projected to be completed this financial year followed by 99 next year and 112 in 2019-20.

The figures are contained in a report which will go before the council’s communities committee today.

The report notes that last month the council completed a 16-unit development at Burdshaugh in Forres which followed hard on the heels of work beginning on a 15-unit development at Linkwood Steading in Elgin.

A 20-unit development is scheduled to start on site this month at Ferrylea in Forres, while work is expected to get under way on a 12-unit development at Strathcona Road in Forres in August.

A 21-unit development at the driving range in Elgin is programmed to start on site in October.

The report to councillors states: “As part of the More Homes Scotland initiative, the Scottish Government has committed to investing over £3billion to build 50,000 affordable houses over the next five years.

“To achieve this priority, the government is encouraging councils to prepare for a significant increase in their resource allocations beyond 2018.”

Yesterday SHN reported that Springfield Properties has submitted plans for the first phase of a 2,500-home development in the south of Elgin.

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