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Housing investment plan could deliver almost 8,500 new affordable homes in Glasgow

Glasgow’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) for the years 2019/20 – 2023/24 was today (1 November) approved by Glasgow City Council.

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Glasgow’s SHIP outlines Glasgow’s plans and priorities around affordable housing in the city to create an investment delivery plan for this type of housing development.  Based on Scottish Government resource planning assumptions, the SHIP could deliver investment of over £557million that would see almost 8,500 new affordable homes built in those five years.

 

It is part of the wider Housing Strategy for Glasgow, which has the following priorities:

  • Promote regeneration and enable investment in new-build housing
  • Manage, maintain and improve the existing housing stock
  • Raise management standards in the private rented sector
  • Tackle fuel poverty, energy efficiency and climate change
  • Improve access to housing across all tenures
  • Promote health and wellbeing

 

Glasgow’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan outlines the integrated delivery plans for affordable housing investment to meet the above priorities and to help create sustainable mixed-tenure communities in the city.

 

The SHIP was created following consultation with housing associations and other registered social landlords (RslS); private developers and contractors; voluntary sector organisations and other public bodies who operate in the areas of housing policy, development and delivery.

 

Among a number of priorities identified for the latest SHIP, foremost are the following: quality in design; community benefits; tackling homelessness; improving energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty; digital and technological innovation; and encouraging the development of more three-bedroom family homes.

 

The council is committed to working with RSLs and private developers to ensure they build the housing they have committed to timeously, given the intensive upscaling of housing delivery in Glasgow in the coming years.

 

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The approval of Glasgow’s SHIP is great news for the city, as it will see thousands of new homes for people and families being built.  The SHIP is important as it not only guides investment into affordable housing where it is most needed in Glasgow, but also improves the design, sustainability and the range of type of homes to be delivered in the city over the next five years.”

 

The SHIP will now be submitted to the Scottish Government.