New five year plan to deliver more affordable housing across Stirling
Stirling Council remains on track and committed to delivering its successful programme of affordable housing for the benefit of all its communities.
The Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) 2022/23 to 2026/27 sets out the council’s approach to invest in affordable housing throughout Stirling over the next five years.
Over the five-year period 2017/18 - 2020/21, the council and its partners have delivered 326 affordable homes, providing modern, high quality, energy efficient housing to communities throughout Stirling.
It is anticipated that there will be over 270 units delivered during 2021/22 with an exceptional number of site starts also taking place during the year.
In addition, during 2020/21 the council was able to secure £3.442m of grant funding to secure the long term future of 118 mid-market rent homes which are managed and maintained by Stirling Council via Steadfast Homes Ltd.
The SHIP 2022/23 to 2026/27 has the potential to deliver more than 1,200 homes, the majority of which would be provided by Stirling Council, Forth Housing Association and Rural Stirling Housing Association.
Councillor Jim Thomson, housing portfolio holder, said: “The Strategic Housing Investment Plan highlights the progress we have made and will continue to make to deliver affordable housing for our residents. I am also pleased that the Scottish Government remains committed to supporting Stirling Council to continue to increase the supply of affordable housing, with over £53 million of funding allocated to support developments in Stirling from 2020/21 to 2025/26.
“With the demand for housing across Stirling continuing to rise, we remain committed to meet the housing needs of our diverse communities by providing a range of affordable housing options as one of our key strategic priorities.”
Councillor Alasdair MacPherson, depute portfolio holder for housing, added: “Our ambitious Strategic Housing Investment Plan also sets a minimum target of five per cent of all affordable homes to be delivered to be built to wheelchair accessible standards, ensuring that we provide more housing for those with a disability across the region.”
Councillor Danny Gibson, depute portfolio holder for housing, commented: “We have a strong track record in delivering new affordable housing and we’ll continue to work hard with our housing association partners to build more homes for social rent. Our affordable and energy efficient homes will be economical to heat and will help reduce the risk of people living in fuel poverty.”