Five year housing strategy agreed

Published: 6th September 2017

New housing development of semi-detached homes in Denholm
Innerleithen affordable homes unveiled

Our Executive Committee has agreed a new five-year Local Housing Strategy which sets out a joint approach with our partners to deliver high quality housing and services to meet local needs.

The strategy focuses on four key priorities:

  • The supply of housing to meet the need of communities
  • Ensuring more people live in good quality, energy efficient homes
  • Reducing the number of people affected by homelessness
  • Increasing the number of people supported to live independently in their own homes.

Annual target set

An annual target of 348 new homes, including 128 affordable homes, has been set for the next five year period.

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development

“This new strategy comes at an important time for housing in the Scottish Borders and addresses a number of the most significant challenges facing the Council, its partners and our communities.

“The strategy has been developed in partnership with the local registered social landlords and meeting our targets will require ongoing support from a range of partners, including the Scottish Government, and private sector investment too.”

Five year strategy

All Scottish local authorities are required to prepare a Local Housing Strategy every five years, setting out a vision for the supply, quality and availability of housing in their local area. It also sets out a range of actions the Council and partners will take to make sure this vision becomes a reality.

Borders Housing Network spokesperson

“We recognise that there are particular challenges in the Scottish Borders, such as higher than average house prices, lower than average income and fuel poverty, as well as future issues, such as an increasing older population.

“This strategy is key to meeting the housing needs of our communities over the coming years and by working together all those in the local housing sector can make a real difference to the lives of our residents.”

More information

The full report to the Executive Committee and the strategy can be viewed on our website.