Dundee City Council reveals new sites for up to 5,760 homes

John Alexander
John Alexander

A new report has identified one hundred sites across Dundee that could play host to thousands of new homes.

The Evening Telegraph reports that up to 5,760 houses could be built at locations including former schools, old factories, areas of wasteland and as part of new housing schemes.

The details were revealed in a new planning document that is up for public consultation.

The sites have been identified as possible locations for housing as Tayside looks to build around 25,000 houses by 2028.

Among new sites identified are the Queen Victoria Works, former rail yards at Riverside and all the locations pictured right.

Other sites that are currently under development include the new apartments on Riverside Drive, Eastern Primary’s former building in Broughty Ferry, and the site of the former multis on Derby Street.

According to the city’s housing convener, John Alexander, the council is looking to the future, and wants to ensure that enough housing exists across the board.

He said: “Dundee’s profile both nationally and internationally continues to rise, and with it interest from tourists, businesses and future citizens.

“Demand in the city is already great and people are looking for opportunities in Dundee.

“We need to rise to the occasion and support further housing development.

“The city council owns a number of sites across Dundee that are earmarked for future development and these will take account of the local area, local needs and the viability of housing on those sites.

“In addition, other sites naturally become available over time and any future plans will need to reflect local needs.

“We have and continue to focus on our four main regeneration areas for social housing: Lochee, Whitfield, the Hilltown and Mill o’ Mains, which will take a number of years to complete.

“In the next five years, nearly 700 socially-rented properties will be built in these regeneration areas.”

Mr Alexander added: “We are committed to increasing the number of properties available to the people of Dundee.

“The housing waiting list in Dundee represents more than those looking for council housing — as we move towards a full common housing register within the city. The common housing register currently contains three housing associations and the city council and therefore the figures relate to all of the organisations.

“As more housing associations come on board, the number of applicants will increase — that does not mean that demand has increased and we need to look into these figures carefully. It’s important to highlight that the development plan up until 2028 includes private developments in addition to council and housing association and it’s important that we get the mix of properties right.

“On a yearly basis we review the amount of money spent on new-build council housing, with this year’s consultation including plans to include an additional £6 million for new-build housing.”

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