Moray house boost

NEARLY 100 new council houses will be built in Forres and Buckie over the next 12 months after Moray councillors agreed to accept bids from Springfield Properties Ltd.

Sixty-seven of the houses will be built in Forres and the rest in Buckie and together the developments will cost a total of £11.5m. More than £2.7m will come from the Scottish Government.
Houses at Buckie will represent the third phase of the council’s development of the Barhill Road site where 30 units were completed last summer and a further 20 are due for completion this month.
The latest houses will bring to nearly 300 the number of new council properties completed in Moray since 2010.
Councillor Eric McGillivray, who chairs the communities committee, said: “This latest investment will go some way to alleviating the shortage of affordable housing in Moray and that is to be welcomed. However, to put it in context, the council would need to build 425 new homes a year for the next 10 years simply to keep pace with demand.”