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05/11/2018

Glasgow plans for 8,500 affordable homes

Words: Laura Edgar
Laurieston, Glasgow / Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council is planning to build 8,500 affordable homes over the next five years.

The council’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) for 2019/20 to 2023/24 outlines its plans and priorities for affordable housing and how to deliver them.  

Approved by the council at the end of last week (1 November), the SHIP could deliver an investment of more than £557 million, according to the Scottish Government’s resource planning assumptions. This equates to 8,500 homes.

The SHIP outlines the integrated delivery plans for affordable housing investment that aim to meet the priorities and help to create sustainable mixed-tenure communities in the city. The council consulted with housing associations and other registered social landlords as well as private developers and contractors while creating the SHIP.

Quality of design, community benefits, tackling homelessness and encouraging the development of more three-bedroom family homes are identified as priorities in the SHIP.

The council said it is committed to working with registered social landlords and private developers to ensure that they build the housing they have committed to sufficiently early.

Kenny McLean, city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The approval of Glasgow's SHIP is great news for the city, as it will see thousands of new homes for people and families being built. The SHIP is important as it not only guides investment into affordable housing where it is most needed in Glasgow, but also improves the design, sustainability and the range of type of homes to be delivered in the city over the next five years.”

The SHIP is part of a wider Housing Strategy for Glasgow. Its principles include:

•    Promoting regeneration and enabling investment in new-build housing;
•    Managing, maintaining and improving the existing housing stock; and
•    Promoting health and well-being.

The SHIP will now be submitted to the Scottish Government.

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