Scotland politics

Developers urged to bid for affordable homes fund

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Image caption The Scottish government believes town centres should be better for local people

Developers have been urged to bid for a share of a £2m fund set up to turn empty town centre properties into affordable homes.

Funding for the scheme was allocated in the Scottish government's 2013 budget.

Applications can be made by local authorities and housing associations as well as private developers.

Planning Minister Derek Mackay said town centres should be vibrant places where local people and visitors alike want to live, work and do business.

He added: "Many of our town centres have empty properties that are no longer in use and blight out high streets.

"To tackle this we have developed a Town Centre Housing Fund aimed at bringing empty town centre properties back into use for affordable housing.

"This fund will complement on-going town centre regeneration activity. We are now seeking bids for this fund, and I urge all local authorities, housing associations and private developers to consider entering a bid."

Applicants have until 30 October to bid for a slice of the cash.

The government said it welcomed collaboration between organisations.

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