Social housing welcomed

News of more social housing for the North-east has been given a warm welcome by North Kincardine councillors Paul Melling and Ian Mollison.

The Liberal Democrat councillors were delighted to hear that 43 houses are to be built in Aberdeenshire under a Scottish Government scheme.

Aberdeenshire Council has been successful in its most recent bid for funding for 11 housing units at Cruden Bay, attracting a grant of £330,000.

Meanwhile Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership has been successful in a bid for 12 units in Inverurie, and Langstane Housing Association for 20 units in Portlethen, with a grant of £1.28m.

“This is really good news,” said Councillor Melling. “There is a demand for more social housing across the North-east. This will help young families and individuals get on to the housing ladder.”

Councillor Mollison added: “There are several thousand people on the housing waiting list in Aberdeenshire. The council has now successfully bid for 164 much-needed homes across the Shire.”

The funding comes from the government’s Innovation and Investment Fund 2011–12, Council House Building Fund.

The number of bids received from around Scotland heavily oversubscribed each element of the Innovation and Investment Fund. As far as possible on deciding the allocation to each council area, as well as taking account of the level of housing need, value for money, deliverability and the council’s own priorities, the government considered awards from previous rounds.