Council has invested £45m

Aberdeenshire Council has invested more than £45 million building new council houses across the region over the past five years.

The major investment in good quality, energy-efficient homes, has not only resulted in 335 new homes for Aberdeenshire, but has boosted employment in the area.

A report to go before the Social Work & Housing Committee next month highlights the work which is being carried out in five phases.

The investment has been made possible with Scottish Government funding for new build council properties.

The council made its first successful bid for government funding in 2009, receiving £875,000 in April, which enabled the development of 35 new properties in Tarves, Mintlaw and Johnshaven.

Funding of £1.8 million in December 2009 enabled the development of a total of 74 houses in Laurencekirk, Stonehaven, Banff and Inverurie.

In June 2010 the council received £1.35 million from the Scottish Government for building 45 new houses in Alford, Stonehaven and Cruden Bay.

All of the properties from the first four phases of building are now completed and being lived in. The majority of the houses were made available for rent, with some being sold as low cost homes.

Planning is now under way for the fifth phase of building work, which will see 170 new council properties being built.