East Renfrewshire approves housing investment plan

Councillors in East Renfrewshire have approved a five-year housing investment plan that involves the delivery of more than 500 homes for rent.

East Renfrewshire approves housing investment plan

The Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) for 2020/21-2024/25 sets out the council’s affordable housing priorities for the next five years.

The priorities focus on the delivery of social rented homes, proposals for affordable housing to meet a range of needs, and further development dependent on securing additional funding.

Over the five years of the plan, it also proposes to deliver 561 social rented houses and the purchase of 50 homes for social rent to supplement the council’s new build projects currently under way. This is based on the continuation of funding from the Scottish Government Affordable Housing Supply Programme and through working with registered social landlords and private sector developers.

The report recognised the success of the council’s new build housing programme to date. Since works began in 2018, 45 three-bedroom homes and one-bedroom flats, including fully adapted wheelchair flats, have been completed and are now home to families, elderly and those who faced homelessness.

Councillor Danny Devlin, the council’s housing and maintenance services convener, said that the approval of the Strategic Housing Investment Plan is good news for the people of East Renfrewshire.

He added: “It highlights our ongoing commitment to the delivery of more homes for social rent, including our own new council homes, and ensuring that those with a range of needs will be provided with a safe and accessible home.

“Our new build housing programme has been a fantastic achievement with families, those facing homelessness, and tenants requiring adaptions moving into their brand new homes in Barrhead. I look forward to seeing this ambitious project continue.”

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