Midlothian Council to deliver over 1,400 affordable homes by 2022

Midlothian CouncilAn increase in central housing investment has allowed Midlothian Council to announce plans to step up its affordable home projections.

Councillors yesterday approved plans to deliver 1,441 new affordable homes through the Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2017/18-2021/22 (SHIP), a significant increase in developments from the previous SHIP which identified the development of 672 units by 2020.

The increase comes on the back of a Scottish Government announcement to increase the housing budget in the country to £3 billion and raise the level of funding allocated to each unit.

Midlothian Council has also committed to a third phase of new council housing development and the SHIP has identified 47 sites for affordable housing across a range of tenures:

  • 475 new council housing
  • 30 units bought on the open market and rented as council housing
  • 598 units will be RSL Social Rented housing

  • 245 units will be RSL Mid Market rent
  • 93 units will be RSL Shared Equity
  • 115 units built as specialist provisions, such as Extra Care Housing.

  • Councillor Kelly Parry, cabinet member with responsibility for housing, said: “Affordable Housing must be carried out with a balanced approach to ensure the needs of the community are taken into account.

    “Since the council began developing new housing a total of 2,414 affordable or subsidised housing options have been delivered in Midlothian, increasing the supply of affordable housing and meeting the needs of our communities.”

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