Council invests £45m in new homes

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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, is a key priority for the council and 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 Mintlaw Tarves 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 Cruden Bay and Stonehaven.

In September 2011, £330,000 was received in the form of a Scottish Government grant and supported the development of 11 additional units in Cruden Bay, completing the development of the site.

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 in Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Inverurie,

Ballater, Westhill and Banff.

The new builds are at various stages of development, but the majority are expected to be complete by March 2015.

Aberdeenshire Council’s new build housing programme is committed to adopting improved energy efficiency standards and aims to develop houses that will achieve high levels of sustainability including silver and gold standards of energy efficiency.

At the Social Work & Housing Committee meeting, councillors are being asked to comment on the progress of the New Build Housing Programme and also approve the addition of 25 properties at Martin Brae in Inverurie to phase 5 of the scheme.