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North Lanarkshire Announce Plans For 1000 New Homes
North Lanarkshire Council has today announced plans to build 1,000 new council houses.
A total of 1,800 homes will now be built over the next 10 years in what has been described as the single-biggest council housing investment for a generation.
The £159 million investment is included in a local authority programme which will see 2,150 new homes thrown up.
More than 600 houses have already been built or are currently under construction. Scottish Government funding grants will contribute towards the cost of the work.
Councillor Barry McCulloch, the convener of housing and social work services, said: “This is a massive investment for the people of North Lanarkshire.
“As Scotland’s biggest council landlord we understand that modern, accessible housing is a key priority and I'm delighted we will be able to deliver 1,800 new houses by 2026.
“We already had an extensive new-build programme in place but we are determined to do what we can to meet considerable need. The quality of our new houses is unbelievable.
“They are energy-efficient, accessible and adaptable which means the needs of people can really be taken into account. It means we can deliver a wide range of housing, including housing for older people, disabled people and young people setting up home for the first time.”
Councillor McCulloch added: “We will take into account housing need, acceptability in terms of planning legislation, cost of development and location, as well as the contribution more housing can make to wider regeneration priorities.
“The current programme is diverse and has sites across North Lanarkshire and clearly that’s something we would like to see continued.
“There are huge advantages to planning in this way. We can make sure we get the maximum efficiency through early procurement and a programme of this scale will also create jobs, boosting our economy.
Councillor Peter Sullivan added: “New council houses are badly needed but we had to work hard to identify the best and fairest way to deliver these in the current financial climate.
“Access to good quality, affordable housing is a major priority for us and this programme – the biggest in a generation – goes some way towards meeting demand for homes.
“I’m delighted that many more people will be able to live in safe, efficient and accessible homes as a result of our announcement today.”