Fife Council is making good progress towards delivering its target of providing 2700 new affordable homes by 2017.
That’s the message from the first annual report on Fife’s affordable housing programme which was presented to the Fife Housing Partnership this week.
But councillors also recognise there is still a lot of work to be done before the Council reaches its ambitious goal.
So far, the programme has delivered 601 new homes across 12 developments in Fife, all in areas of high need.
Developments completed include one of 32 new homes at Ostlers Way, Kirkcaldy.
More new affordable homes are planned for the town, including developments at Pottery Street, Lauder Road and Rosslyn Gardens.
Council leader David Ross said: “This report shows we’ve made a good start in tackling the housing crisis facing Fife. Our affordable housing programme has already delivered new, energy efficient houses for hundreds of families across Fife. But there is still a long way to go to meet the housing needs of everyone in the Kingdom.
“Decent, affordable housing is vital for a good quality of life.
“We know the damaging effects poor housing can have on health and living conditions.
“I’m pleased with the progress so far and I know that there are many more new homes in the pipeline.
“An added bonus is the new job opportunities this building programme is offering in the construction industry locally.”
The report highlights that 233 employment opportunities have been created by the programme and 65 per cent of the Council’s in-house projects used Fife-based labour.
Councillor Judy Hamilton, who chairs the Fife Housing Partnership, said: “Fife Council is committed to delivering on its aim of 2700 new homes by May 2017 and the report lays out the yearly targets we will work towards to make that a reality.
“New build properties are allocated to existing tenants where possible, which means that their existing home is also freed up to allocate to others on the housing list.
“In fact, the needs of 2.4 households are met for every new Council house provided.”