Thousands of affordable homes could be built in Aberdeenshire in the next five years

© SuppliedCommunities Committee chairwoman Anne Stirling, Erroll Court resident Julie Killoh, and committee vice-chairwoman Cllr Iris Walker. The Turriff properties are existing affordable homes built by the council.
Communities Committee chairwoman Anne Stirling, Erroll Court resident Julie Killoh, and committee vice-chairwoman Cllr Iris Walker. The Turriff properties are existing affordable homes built by the council.

More than £150 million could be invested into building affordable homes in Aberdeenshire over the next five years.

The Scottish Government has approved Aberdeenshire Council’s plans which could mean 2,354 homes could potentially be built across the region.

Around 590 would be suitable for households with additional needs, and 73 fully accessible for wheelchair users.

The Strategic Housing Investment Plan, known as Ship, identifies opportunities across the area and was considered by the council’s communities committee in November.

The majority of homes, 1,949, are proposed for social rent, with 126 for mid-market rent and 279 for low-cost shared equity purchase.

Councillor Anne Stirling, chairwoman of the communities committee, said: “The core purpose of the Ship is to set out our investment priorities for affordable housing over the next five years and the feedback from the Scottish Government is encouraging.

“As well as setting out our investment priorities, the document also demonstrates how these will be delivered, the resources required to deliver them, and how we will involve our key partners. We look forward to these homes taking shape over the next few years.”

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