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17/06/2019

Glasgow allocates £100m to affordable housing

Words: Laura Edgar
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Glasgow City Council has announced it has a budget of £104.44 million for its 2019/2020 Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP). The funding aims to help deliver more than 3,500 affordable homes over the next two years.

The cash was confirmed at the city administration committee on Thursday (13 June).

It will cover the continuation of current projects and the start of new ones, and the medical adaptation to homes in the city so that tenants can remain in their own home.

Ongoing projects amount to 1,235 homes, including works at Govan, Govanhill and Dalmarnock. New projects will see the delivery of 2,094 homes: the biggest developments in Calton, Hamilton and the former Victoria Hospital site.

An additional 106 affordable homes are being built in East Balornock through the LSVT programme for housing associations who acquired former Scottish Homes’ estates.

Glasgow’s Housing Strategy and the city’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan guide the AHSP.

Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The record levels of funding that we are allocating allows thousands of new affordable homes to be built all over Glasgow – this is fantastic for the city as key to everyone’s quality of life and health is a good standard of housing. There is of course an additional economic boost to the city with jobs created through this level of housebuilding, and we look forward to working with our partners to bring these high-quality, energy-efficient homes for people and families in the future.”

The council added that the increase in funding for affordable homes would allow the city to contribute to the Scottish Government's More Homes target of 50,000 new affordable (35,000 for social rent) homes by 2021.

At the same meeting, the committee approved the built heritage, community asset, vacant and derelict land asset plans, which underpin the council's Property and Land Strategy. The approval also gave the green light to proposals for the first phase of community hubs across the city.

The council approved and published its Property and Land Strategy earlier this year.

The city council explained that the community asset plan reflects its commitment to the greater involvement and empowerment of Glaswegians; the built heritage plan provides a consistent and considered approach to the stewardship of its built heritage; and the vacant and derelict land plan is intended to address the potential blight, cost and missed opportunity that vacant and derelict properties and land can represent for both council and the city.

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