£31million earmarked for council house building programmes

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AN additional investment of up to £31 million has been identified for council new build housing in years to come.

Fife Council’s Housing and Communities committee heard plans for the future of the highly successful New Build programme at a meeting on November 1.

Significant progress has already been made with the programme including £15.4 million of council money committed already to build 189 new homes.

Over £5 million of Scottish Government cash has been committed for new build projects, and 41 new homes already completed in Dunfermline. 10 new homes just completed in Rosyth with a further 25 to be completed by the end of November,

Five other projects are to be built with 113 new homes on site, 29 of which will commence this financial year.

Key to delivering future phases of the programme will be the availability of land. A list of council owned land and assets has been drawn up which will be considered for future new build housing.

More work has still to be carried out on these potential sites including detailed design and costings.

The list of potential sites is vital to keep the new build programme on track and focussed on delivering as many new homes for Fifers as possible.

Planning ahead in this way will also mean the council is ready to make further applications for Scottish Government money, should any more opportunities for funding become available.

Councillor Brian Goodall, chair of the Housing and Communities committee said he was delighted to hear about the continued success of the new build programme.

He said: “This really has been a great year for the council’s new build programme made even better with the news more money has been earmarked to keep the homes coming.

“I’ve had the pleasure of cutting the first sod at sites in Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline recently and also visited the site where new homes are being built in Ladybank. It’s great to be able to see first hand such progress being made.

“The homes in Ladybank look fantastic and give a clear indication of the high quality, specification and standard of our new build properties.

“Work is now being carried out to ensure we keep up the momentum going for the future.

“We will explore all the options available to us including applying for potential Scottish Government funding and continuing to work with partners to continue to improve access to housing.”