Oban social housing plans approved

Argyll and Bute CouncilPlans have been approved to build a new social housing development in Oban.

The application for six two-storey houses east of Hayfield brings the number of units on that site to 18, all of which are affordable - significantly more than the 25 per cent which is required in the council’s local development plan.

Cllr David Kinniburgh, chair of Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing (PPSL) committee, said: “This planning approval, in keeping with the council’s local development plan and national planning policy, is great news for people in and around Oban who are looking for good-quality, affordable housing.

“It’s also good news for people who work in construction – new developments support local joiners, plumbers, builders, electricians and so on.”

Cllr Robin Currie added: “This is a very exciting time for housing in Argyll and Bute. With 554 new affordable homes having already been created, and plans for up to another 650, this will go a long way to addressing the housing shortage.

“The creation of additional housing is also good for employment, particularly jobs in the construction sector; it will create a more effective operation of the local housing system; contribute to improving general health and wellbeing; and stimulate community regeneration and sustainability.”

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