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Glasgow City Council unveils proposals for 25,000 homes over 10 years

Words: Roger Milne

Scotland’s largest council has revealed proposals to create 25,000 dwellings by 2025 to meet growing demand for housing in Glasgow.

Under the scheme, Glasgow City Council would sell 20 sites for development by housing associations in the next year. Sites would also be sold for custom and self-build homes. Other measures will see empty shops turned into houses. Also promised is a strategy on student accommodation.

This initiative will involve an accelerated programme for releasing large residential sites for private housing, including locations in Castlemilk, Drumchapel and Easterhouse within the first year.

The council is also planning to speed up its so-called Transformational Regeneration Areas programme to deliver at least 6,500 homes.

In addition, the city council will investigate options for increasing the supply of new private rented housing.

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said: “While there have been tremendous examples of new housing developments in Glasgow in recent years, such as the Athletes’ Village and Laurieston, the city needs to accelerate house building to meet changing and growing demand.”

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