Councillors discuss affordable housing ambitions in Fife

Councillor Judy Hamilton

FIFE councillors have met to discuss proposals which could see more than 3,800 new affordable homes built in the region before 2026.

The local authority’s Strategic Housing Investment Programme (SHIP) will now be submitted to the Scottish Government in a bid for funding to help subsidise the total cost of almost ¬£190 million.

John Mills, who heads up the council’s housing service, explained that the figures being discussed are estimates, but represent an ambition to provide as many new affordable council homes as possible. He added that the council is committed to ensuring 30% of the new properties can cater for people with specific needs and that 5% are classed as wheelchair housing.

Councillor Judy Hamilton, convener of the council’s community and housing services committee, commented, “I remain absolutely committed to meeting housing needs of people of Fife. The Strategic Housing Investment Plan details a mix of potential development projects, providing Fife with a realistic and practical plan to deliver against our¬†investment priorities.

“Continuing to build on our successful affordable housing programme is a top priority for the council and, working with partners including the Fife Housing Association Alliance, we will be aiming to create as many safe, warm and affordable homes for Fifers as possible.”