Thousands of affordable homes to be built in Scotland

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​Housing group plans to create new homes for those on lower incomes 

25th April 2017 by Robert Armour 1 Comment

A housing association has confirmed plans to build 3,200 new affordable homes over the next five years – two thirds of which will be for social rent.  

Link Group said it was in response to the Scottish Government’s call for 50,000 new affordable homes with the social landlord almost doubling its proposed development programme expenditure to £401 million.

Latest figures show Link built 332 new homes in 2016/17 and 200 in each of the previous six years.

Link will also continue to maximise the supply of housing accessible to people with disabilities, it said.  

This year it delivered 25 homes, with a further 214 to be built over the next five years, designed to meet space and accessibility standards.

Roy Stirrat, Link Group chairman, said: “The approved development programme highlights our commitment to maintaining our track record of developing high quality affordable housing for those most in need.

"We continue to be very successful in securing grant funding for new projects and, with the benefit of improved benchmark funding levels, social housing development continues to be the mainstay of our development programme.

“We are committed not only to building new homes, but also to improving the lives of the people who live there.

"We will continue to develop services and projects which help people into jobs, increase digital skills, improve neighbourhoods and ensure people feel safe and supported so that they can reach their full potential.”

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2nd July 2017 by Ian Elliot

DearPlease tell me where in Scotland these thousands of new affordable houses are being built?Kind regardsIan Elliot