Aberdeenshire to consult on housing allocation policy review

Aberdeenshire Council is to update its housing allocation policy to take account of changes introduced by the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 and a move towards reducing timescales for rehousing tenants.

The authority currently has around 13,000 properties for rent and plans to invest more than £150 million in the delivery of affordable housing over the next five years as part of its Strategic Housing Investment Plan.

The plan could see more than 2,350 additional homes built across the area, with close to 2,000 of those proposed for social rent.

To ensure the way homes are allocated is fit for purpose, the housing service is seeking views from council tenants and those on the waiting list in Aberdeenshire or considering making an application.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s communities committee, Cllr Anne Stirling, said: “Like many councils across Scotland, we have an ongoing and significant demand for council housing in Aberdeenshire.

“We are investing millions of pounds to increase the supply of accommodation and it’s important that the way we allocate properties to tenants is robust and efficient.

“As part of that, we are asking anybody with an interest in council housing in Aberdeenshire to share their views in this survey.”

A survey will remain open until August 23.

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