New affordable homes planned for Badenoch and Strathspey

A total of 238 affordable homes are planned for Badenoch and Strathspey over the next five years, the Highland Council has announced.

Highland’s Local Housing Strategy sets the targets for affordable housing, and the Highland’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan sets out how resources will be used over five years (2017-2022) to deliver these affordable housing priorities with a target of around 500 units per year. 70% of the overall programme should be for affordable rent, either through the council or housing association, with the remainder being alternative tenures such as Low Cost Home Ownership or mid-market rent.

It is planned that around 10% of the affordable housing units should be provided within Badenoch and Strathspey, delivering some 238 affordable homes over the next five years.

Some of the first to be completed include 23 units at Beachan Court in Grantown-on-Spey. Fifteen council properties and eight mid-market rent properties will shortly be available for local families.

Chair of the Badenoch and Strathspey Committee, Cllr Bill Lobban, said: “Affordable housing is a vital building block of our local economy, together with employment opportunities and schools. I am delighted to see these new homes becoming available in Grantown and a number scheduled across the Strath in the coming months and years.”

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