Five year housing plan to be considered by councillors

New housing development of semi-detached homes in Denholm

Published: Thursday, 12th October 2017

Our Executive Committee will meet on Tuesday 17 October and consider a new five-year housing plan for the area, which could see as many as 1,177 affordable homes delivered.

The Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) identifies how local housing needs and priorities will be addressed, including which housing projects are anticipated to be delivered over the five years to 2023.

Setting an ambitious figure

The figure of 1,177 is based on assumed funding amounts and that all land and infrastructure challenges are resolved in a timely manner and the construction sector has capacity to deliver projects.

Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development

“This is an ambitious plan, and is based on a number of assumptions, but would go a long way to meeting the housing needs of local people.

“Clearly house-building of this scale would also have a very positive impact on the local construction sector, and in turn on jobs and the wider economy, and the end result would provide local people with homes in Borders communities, enabling them to live and work locally. This would have a longer term positive impact on the local economy.

“There are without doubt some challenges to be overcome to reaching this ambitious target, not least land supply. However, there have been some recent examples where developers have partnered with registered social landlords to open up undeveloped housing sites through delivery of affordable homes prior to building homes for sale. This generates cash flow and income for the developers and reduces the risk from their perspective.”

Annual report to Scottish Government

Local authorities are required to produce and submit a rolling five year SHIP to the Scottish Government on an annual basis.

It is anticipated that the large majority of the homes would be delivered by local registered social landlords.

More information

The covering report to the committee and proposed SHIP are available online.