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City council house plans back on track after Covid-19 delays

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Aberdeen City Council co-leaders Douglas Lumsden and Jenny Laing.

The building of hundreds of new council homes in Aberdeen is back on track after work was halted due to the pandemic.

Work to build 2,000 new properties resumed this month and the ambitious project will continue next week with ground investigations next week.

They will take place at a number of sites around the city earmarked for development in the coming months and years.

Council co-leader Douglas Lumsden said: “The sites identified span the city and we look forward to understanding their potential for delivering new homes.

“Aberdeen City Council was leading the way in providing social infrastructure before the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue leading the way as we emerge from it.”

The site of what was once Summerhill Academy is to accommodate 369 homes, while a further 283 will be built at Wellheads Road in Dyce.

Almost 200 new homes have already been built at Smithfield and Manor Walk.

Fellow council co-leader Jenny Laing added: “Part of our focus on the future is about creating communities where people can enjoy a high quality of life and be well placed to enjoy new economic opportunities.

“The provision of 2,000 new council homes will help make that happen while the use of energy efficient technologies will support our commitment to a Net Zero Vision.”

Exploratory work on the selected sites is expected to be completed by September.

In addition to creating new council homes, the council is also committed to increasing the number of people living in the city centre to boost the economy and give the heart of Aberdeen more vibrancy.

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