Renfrewshire agrees £437m capital and £266m housing investment programmes
Renfrewshire is in line for its biggest investment in housing for a generation as part of a five-year £266 million plan agreed by councillors.
Renfrewshire Council approved the housing capital investment plan for 2022 to 2027, which sets out how existing plans to build new modern council homes across Renfrewshire will be funded, during their budget meeting yesterday.
It includes £129m to improve existing council homes - covering external improvements including new roofs, as well as new or improved kitchens or bathrooms, and electrical wiring and heating upgrades for some properties.
The capital investment plan includes the ongoing £100m Housing-Led Regeneration and Renewal Programme which aims to invest in housing areas and create modern, high quality, energy-efficient and affordable council housing throughout Renfrewshire.
The areas are: Auchentorlie Quadrant/Seedhill Road, Howard Street area, Waverley Road, Thrushcraigs, Ferguslie/Broomlands, Springbank area (all Paisley) as well as Moorpark in Renfrew, and Howwood Road in Johnstone.
Affected residents were last year consulted on initial proposals for their areas, which will see improvements to existing properties and the common areas around them, with potential for demolition and new-build in some areas.
Other current council new-build projects include 39 homes almost complete at Auchengreoch Road in Johnstone and 101 under construction in the Tannahill area of Ferguslie Park, to add to those recently completed at Johnstone Castle (95 homes) and Bishopton (80 homes). Plans are also being developed for more new council homes in Gallowhill and Foxbar.
Councillors also agreed the Housing Revenue Account Budget for the coming year, which will set out how housing services will be funded over the next year, including an increased budget for ongoing repairs and maintenance work.
Councillor Marie McGurk, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “The huge level of investment set out today matches our ambitions for Renfrewshire to be recognised as a great place to live, work and invest.
“The plan shows how we will deliver new-build housing projects across the area on a scale Renfrewshire hasn’t seen for many years.
“At the same time, it lays out how we will continue to modernise existing properties to meet what people want for 21st-century living, making homes more energy efficient and keeping fuel bills down.
“That investment supports our wider plans to help support the area’s social and economic recovery from the pandemic in the years ahead.”
Overall, the £466.3m Renfrewshire Council budget includes investment in town and village centres, enhanced community facilities and improved schools and nurseries.
Funding of £11.6m to bolster adult social care and £5m to tackle the cost of living and help those most in need was also agreed.
The financial plans will also continue the £437m capital investment programme well under way, bringing better digital connections, new transport links and transforming cultural venues.
Council Tax increase was set at 3%, alongside a £150 Scottish Government credit for households in Bands A-D and people receiving Council Tax Reduction.