Fife Council eyes increasing affordable homes builds

FIFE Council has announced plans to increase its delivery of affordable homes in the constituency.

The local authority has already approved £220.4 million to support its affordable housing programme until 2024. However, the new plan – if approved – would see an additional £186.7 million be invested to 2028.

Judy Hamilton, chair of the Fife Housing Partnership and Fife Council spokesperson for housing, said, “I remain absolutely committed to providing high quality, affordable housing for people in Fife. Never has this been more important than in a cost of living crisis, such as this.

“The strategic housing investment plan (SHIP) details a statement of intent to provide Fife with a realistic and practical proposal to deliver against our aim for improving housing choices. The SHIP outlines a commitment to making sure 30% of these new homes can cater for people with specific needs, with 5% of the new properties classed as wheelchair housing.

“We also heard at committee today about the pressure that is on our homelessness services and the range of measures we are taking to address that. We will continue to build high-quality council houses. I believe that good quality, affordable, sustainable housing is something everyone has a right to and this plan shows our commitment to providing that.”