Aberdeenshire Council unveils affordable housing plans

ABERDEENSHIRE Council has outlined its plans to invest more than £150 million in delivering affordable housing over the next five years.

Following ‘positive feedback’ from the Scottish Government, the council said the Strategic Housing Investment Plan, known as SHIP, could result in 2,354 homes being built across Aberdeenshire, with around 590 suitable for households with particular needs, and 73 fully accessible for wheelchair users.

The vast majority of the homes (1,949) are proposed for social rent, with 126 for mid-market rent and 279 for low-cost shared equity purchase.

Councillor Anne Stirling, communities committee chair said, “The core purpose of the SHIP is to set out our investment priorities for affordable housing over the next five years and the feedback from the Scottish Government is encouraging. As well as setting out our investment priorities, the document also demonstrates how these will be delivered, the resources required to deliver them, and how we will involve our key partners. We look forward to these homes taking shape over the next few years.”