Fife’s affordable housing programme delivers 1000 new homes

Councillors Judy Hamilson and David Ross, and head of housing John Mills, with Kingdom Housing representatives outside the development where the 1000th new home of the Affordable Housing Programme was completed
Councillors Judy Hamilson and David Ross, and head of housing John Mills, with Kingdom Housing representatives outside the development where the 1000th new home of the Affordable Housing Programme was completed
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Fife’s Affordable Housing Programme has reached the milestone of delivering 1000 new homes.

The commitment to deliver 2700 new affordable homes by 2017 was agreed in 2012/2013.

The completion of a Kingdom Housing Association development in Dunfermline has taken the tally of completed homes to over 1000.

A further 532 are already under construction, and the Council says hundreds more are in the pipeline.

Councillor David Ross, leader of Fife Council, said: “I’m delighted we are now over half way into delivering on this programme in terms of homes now complete or under construction.

“The positive impact this is having on families in housing need is enormous, and I’m extremely proud of the work we are undertaking to tackle Fife’s housing crisis.

“We’re increasing our stock of modern, fit for purpose, energy efficient homes and in doing so have also created many opportunities for local contractors and suppliers, safeguarding and creating local jobs.

“So far the programme’s construction spend has directly benefitted the Fife economy to the tune of almost £18 million.

“The programme has also delivered well on employment opportunities with 76 people benefitting from employment through the Opportunities Fife programme or being supported through an apprenticeship.”

Councillor Judy Hamilton, spokesperson for husing and building services is pleased that it’s not just the tenants moving into newly built homes that are benefitting.

She said: “Where possible, the Council’s new build properties are allocated to existing tenants whose current home is not suitable. Their existing home is then freed up to allocate to someone else on the housing list and this chain of lets means that 2.4 households’ housing needs are being met for every new Council house let.

“These homes are energy efficient and are helping to reduce fuel poverty with the average household saving around £290 a year on their energy bills. Tenant satisfaction with these new homes remains high and I have seen first-hand the positive effect that they continue to have on so many people’s lives.

“However, there is still a lot of work to be done to meet the housing needs of everyone in the Fife and I’m very pleased that the Council’s executive committee recently agreed to lengthen the programme.

“This means that we should hopefully see a two-year extension and more Council houses delivered, in addition to our partners’ contributions and on top of what is already committed.

“We’ll continue to work with local communities to find the best housing solutions for their area.”