Fife Council and housing association alliance to work collaboratively with private developers

Councillor Judy Hamilton; John Mills Fife Council head of housing service; and Bill Banks Kingdom group chief executive.

AN agreement has been made between Fife Council and the Fife Housing Association Alliance (FHAA) to adopt a collaborative approach to work with private developers.

The local authority said that the move will enable increased opportunities to secure both council and housing association properties in key locations across Fife.

It comes following members of the council’s policy and coordination committee approving proposals in principle to build more council homes between 2022 and 2024.

Referred to as the a transitional affordable housing programme, the local authority said that the development and delivery of the additional houses will maintain the supply of affordable housing as the current programme comes to an end in May 2022.

Convener of the Fife Council’s community and housing services committee, councillor Judy Hamilton, said, “I’m delighted to sign this partnership agreement with the FHAA which will help us provide more high-quality council houses in a greater range of locations in Fife.

“This coordinated approach will help us work with private developers to determine the multi-tenure housing mix and offer appropriate housing options and choice to tenants and housing applicants.”

The Fife Housing Association Alliance is made up of Kingdom Group, Fife Housing Group, Ore Valley Housing Association, and Glen Housing Association.

Bill Banks, Kingdom Group chief executive, commented, “I’m pleased to extend our successful partnership with Fife Council. Our revised agreement will enable us to continue providing a diverse housing mix that is highly energy efficient and meets our design and sustainability standards. This collaborative approach will extend the choice and locations of properties we can offer residents as their needs change.”