Tayside and Central Scotland

£10m funding pledge for new affordable homes in Dundee

More than £10m of Scottish government funding has been allocated to build up to 150 new affordable homes in Dundee over the next two years.

The allocation to the city's affordable housing supply programme is double the amount of last year's funding.

Dundee City Council's strategic housing investment plan (Ship) outlines both major and smaller proposed schemes.

The largest housing projects are at the sites of the former Derby Street and Alexander Street multi-storeys.

A new report on the housing plan will go before councillors at the local authority's neighbourhood services committee on 13 June.

Kevin Cordell, depute convener of the committee, said: "We recognise the need for new affordable housing, but with the best will in the world it is not at all easy creating safe, energy efficient homes from scratch in the places people want to live.

"That's why we are discussing such projects with registered social landlords across the city now and being as flexible and adaptable as we can in our approach."

'Main priority'

The first Dundee council houses for 20 years were built in 2013 at Ann Street and Nelson Street in the Hilltown area of the city.

Further developments in partnership with housing associations and registered social landlords have been completed in Mill O'Mains, Whitfield and Lochee.

Mr Cordell said the money would allow the council to "meet the needs" of other neighbourhoods.

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