Fife Council outlines plans for 3,800 more affordable homes

Fife Council outlines plans for 3,800 more affordable homes

Councillor Judy Hamilton

Investment proposals that would see over 3,800 new affordable houses built in Fife before 2026 were discussed by Fife councillors yesterday.

Fife Council’s Strategic Housing Investment Programme (SHIP) will now be submitted to the Scottish Government in a bid for funding to help subsidise the total cost of almost £190 million.

John Mills, head of the council’s housing service, explained that the figures being discussed are estimates, but represent the council’s ambition to provide as many new affordable council houses as possible in Fife.

He added: “We are also committed to making sure 30% of these new homes can cater for people with specific needs with 5% of the new properties classed as wheelchair housing.”

Councillor Judy Hamilton, convener of the council’s community and housing services committee, added: “I remain absolutely committed to meeting housing needs of people of Fife. The Strategic Housing Investment Plan details a mix of potential development projects, providing Fife with a realistic and practical plan to deliver against our investment priorities.

“Continuing to build on our successful affordable housing programme is a top priority for the council and, working with partners including the Fife Housing Association Alliance, we will be aiming to create as many safe, warm and affordable homes for Fifers as possible.”

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