Stirling Council announces plans to build more than 1,400 homes by 2026

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STIRLING Council has outlined ambitious plans to deliver affordable homes across the constituency.

The strategic housing investment plan (SHIP) 2021/22 to 2025/26 sets out the local authority’s approach to invest in and deliver affordable housing throughout Stirling over the next five years.

The council said the initiative has the potential to deliver more than 1,400 homes – the majority of which would be provided by the local authority, Forth Housing Association and Rural Stirling Housing Association. Many of the developments are already under construction, such as new homes being built in Dunblane, Bannockburn, Raploch and Callander.

The council said the delivery of the SHIP will support its aims to increase economic activity in the constituency, create jobs and training opportunities in the construction sector, reduce fuel poverty and help support regeneration activity in Raploch and Cornton.

Housing portfolio holder, councillor Evelyn Tweed, said, “Stirling Council is committed to providing new affordable housing and the Scottish Government’s recent announcement of £500 million of funding for new affordable housing in 2021 will support the council and partner organisations to build more affordable housing in towns and villages across Stirling.”

Depute portfolio holder for housing, councillor Danny Gibson, added, “This Plan will see the provision of more affordable and energy efficient homes, which will see lower fuel bills for many more households and this reduces the risk of people living in fuel poverty.”

Depute portfolio holder for housing, councillor Alasdair MacPherson, said, “Our ambitious strategic housing investment plan also sets a target for the development of housing suitable for wheelchair users to ensure that we provide more housing for those with a disability across the region.”