Build of new council homes in Livingston underway

WORK is progressing on the build of 29 new council homes in Livingston as part of West Lothian Council’S target of creating 3,000 new affordable homes in the constituency by 2022.

CCG commenced construction work in April on the development which comprises a mixture of two, three, four and five-bedroom houses as well as two and three-bedroom bungalows.

The local authority said that it expects construction work to be complete by early summer 2022. The site will form part of their target to make 3,000 new affordable homes available by March 2023 – which includes a mixture of new build homes and properties purchased from the open market to made available for social housing.

Executive councillor for services for the community, George Paul, said, “We are committed to increasing the availability of affordable homes in West Lothian and it is always pleasing to visit sites where new build homes are being built. Building new affordable homes isn’t a straightforward process. Funding, access to affordable land, planning processes and utility works are all factors and it can be a complex process.

“However, a great deal of progress has already been made delivering the affordable housing programme and these projects are about much more than bricks and mortar. We’re helping people access affordable homes which will be here for a very long time, providing people with a home where they can stay with their families and live their lives.”