Affordable housing programme boost

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MORE HOUSES for rent could be built in Dundee after the Scottish Government announced an extra £1.1m of funding.

The cash has been added to the Affordable Housing Supply budget bringing Dundee’s allocation for the next three years up to £6.1m.

Jimmy Black convener of Dundee City Council’s housing committee said: “This is very good news for the city especially because the money has been earmarked for projects that we have wanted to do but as yet not had the money for.

“It means in the first instance that we will again be able to partner with Home Scotland, this time to build all of the 28 new homes in Whitfield Loan that we had originally wanted.

“Officers in the housing department are already working on plans that will be brought forward as soon as possible, and if they are agreed they will be added to our current crop of 142 new rented homes being built or completed since the start of 2011.”

New build social housing in the city is currently under construction at Mill o’ Mains, Ardler and Ann Street.

The additional money was worked out using a new needs-based formula recommended by a joint Scottish Government/COSLA working group, which has now been signed off by both bodies.

It was based on a number of factors including market pressure/affordability, regeneration and deprivation, remoteness and homelessness pressure

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