Over 100 new affordable homes for Dundee
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Development
Dundee is to get 114 new affordable homes, the Scottish Government's housing and welfare minister, Margaret Burgess, has confirmed.
Contracts have been signed with two developers – James Keiller Estates and Ferrier Holdings – for the development of the homes.
Ninety-nine two, three and four-bedroom flats will be developed at the Wallace Craigie Works site, and 15 two-bedroom apartments will be built at Broughty Ferry.
All of the new builds will be developed through the National Housing Trust (NHT) - a Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust initiative which brings councils and constructors together to jointly fund the purchase of new homes so that they can be made available for rent to households at below market rates.
Mrs Burgess said: “It is my belief that everyone should live in a comfortable home which doesn’t cost the earth to keep.
“A vibrant, expanding housing sector can stimulate economic growth by protecting and creating jobs and supporting regeneration.
“The innovative NHT initiative is already delivering hundreds of much-needed homes across Scotland. This deal will deliver over 100 new homes for the people of Dundee, secured for very little taxpayers’ money.
“It is a key priority for this government to continue to maximise investment in housing though new funding models.”
Jimmy Black, Convener of Dundee City Council's Housing Committee, said: "I welcome any initiative that brings a greater choice of rented housing to the market for people who currently might not want to be owner occupiers. Some of them might currently be occupying council houses but would jump at the chance of getting a quality energy efficient house at a mid-market rent.”