Affordable housing investment welcomed

Scottish Government investment in new affordable housing will generate work for the construction industry in Angus North and Mearns worth millions of pounds, according to local MSP Nigel Don.

Angus Council and Servite Housing Association won £2,120,000 in government funds to build 69 new, affordable homes for rent and part purchase.

“The grant is only part of the story,” said Mr Don.

“Servite is getting just under £1 million from the Government. They’ll add another £1.5 million to that and spend a total of £2.5 million building their 22 houses in Montrose.

“The Council will also invest, and on a rough estimate the total spend on these projects will be at least £8 million.”

Using the Scottish Government grants, Angus Council will build 47 new homes in Montrose and Forfar. Servite’s total is 22, all in Montrose.

“This is good news in so many ways,” said Mr Don.

“The new homes will be highly energy efficient in line with modern standards and will be far cheaper to heat than traditional homes.

“They will help Angus reduce its carbon footprint and make a big contribution to tackling fuel poverty.

“The houses will take some pressure off council house waiting lists, and some will be aimed at people who want to get on the property ladder for the first time. I’d like to see much more investment in housing, and the Scottish Government is working on new initiatives to make that happen. In the meantime, these are very welcome developments.”

“Sixty-nine new homes will mean employment for construction workers and of course all the trades such as plumbers and electricians.

“New homes bring real benefits to Angus North & Mearns, and I congratulate Angus Council and Servite HA for putting together these successful bids which have brought significant investment to the constituency.”