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Cash boost for new housing

Published Friday, 23 June 2017

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The council has welcomed the announcement of a further £1.75billion Scottish Government investment in affordable housing.

Figures just announced commit grant subsidies totalling £78.7million to South Lanarkshire for the coming three financial years to 2021.

This funding is a further boost to the council’s already bold plans for a massive extension of its council house building programme which pledges to deliver 1000 new homes by 2022.

Work is currently ongoing towards meeting this target with 50 homes currently being constructed and a further 210 programmed to commence during the course of 2017 and early 2018.

Councillor Josh Wilson, Chair of the Housing and Technical Resources Committee, said: “The news that South Lanarkshire is to receive more than £78m over the next three years provides the certainty both the local authority and the sector needs. It will allow us ot continue our ambitious plans to provide new high quality accommodation and improve the lives of our tenants and communities.

“A thousand new homes by 2021/22 is an ambitious target but, with support from the Scottish Government, it is one we will look to meet while adding value in terms of a range of other community benefits including employment and training opportunities.”

The new target doubles the figure the council had previously set for the new homes programme and sits alongside the housing improvement works which continue to raise the standard of all council housing in South Lanarkshire.

Cllr Wilson said: “New council houses are being designed to meet changing modern living standards, and in a range of innovative & flexible styles to meet a range of needs. Modern design and insulation, and the incorporation of renewable technologies such as solar panels, will also ensure the homes are energy efficient and cheaper to run, benefitting the environment as well as household budgets.”