Plans for up to 1000 new homes over the next five years

One of Scotland’s leading housing associations has announced plans to build up to 1000 new homes - mainly in Fife - over the next five years.

Kingdom Housing Association, based in Glenrothes, made the announcement after the association’s management committee approved the 2015 Kingdom Housing Group Corporate Plan.

The plan covers Kingdom’s strategy for the next five years and is reviewed and updated each year.

Charles Milne, chairman of Kingdom Housing Association said: “The approved plan reaffirms Kingdom’s mission to alleviate homelessness, by having ambitious targets to complete 1000 new homes in the next five years.”

Last year Kingdom completed 160 new homes and started work on another 128. Planning permission was also granted for 140 homes during this period.

Mr Milne added: “Through our wider role activities we will continue to assist those most economically disadvantaged in the communities where we operate.

“Kingdom employs over 350 staff and investing in our staff, through training and development, is important to us.

“We also try to make a positive economic contribution within our local communities and Fife Works, our employability project, is an example of how we can help tenants and residents in Fife, to build their capacity to access training and job opportunities.”

The new plan sets out the association’s financial projections, assesses the risks and challenges within the sector and identifies the measures to be introduced to address them.

Bill Banks, chief executive with Kingdom, said: “Kingdom is a financially strong housing association, with very good quality housing stock and the plan demonstrates how we will build on this strength and continue to meet the growing demands for affordable housing in the future.”

Mr Banks added: “The Corporate Plan covers our strategies in respect of new housing, landlord services, asset management and support and care.

“It details how we will deliver support services and highlights our priorities over the period of the plan. Our approach to enhancing tenant advice and assistance services, participation and collaborative working are also identified in the strategies to ensure we deliver on our objectives.”