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Council seeks development partner for ambitious 1,000 affordable homes plan

11/02/14

Aberdeen City Council has held an information day for prospective developers as proposals to build 1,000 affordable homes in the city gather pace.

Paul Genoe, Aberdeen city council Housing & Environment Development manager with Council Leader Councillor Barney Crockett(R) and Head of Regeneration and Housing Investment John Quinn (L) The Council is seeking a development partner for the housing project, which is a key component of its Strategic Infrastructure Plan (SIP).

The information day, held today [Tuesday 11 February] in the Town and County Hall, Town House, was attended by developers and registered social landlords.

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Barney Crockett introduced proceedings before the Council's Head of Regeneration and Housing Investment John Quinn delivered a short presentation outlining the scale of the project and its timeframe.

Mr Quinn said the Council is seeking a development partner who will assist in funding the construction of the properties and who can provide development expertise.

They will also be expected to provide designs for the housing.

After the presentation, guests were given the opportunity to discuss the proposals with officers from the Council's regeneration, housing and planning teams.

Officers will now work to identify a suitable development partner.

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Barney Crockett said: "Aberdeen City Council, like all local authorities, faces significant challenges in terms of housing, but we remain fully committed to meeting the housing requirements and aspirations of our citizens.

"The delivery of 1,000 affordable houses for the city is a key component of this and central to our Strategic Infrastructure Plan.

"Having already identified 150 acres of Council land earmarked for housing we are now in the position to seek a development partner for the 1,000 homes.

"Identifying the right partner is essential and this information session has allowed us to meet with prospective partners and for them to hear about the project in detail."

Cllr Crockett added: "In order to continue to prosper as a city we need to attract the right skills, labour and professionals and that means developing housing which creates communities that are accessible to everyone.

"This project will go a long way to achieving that and help to plug a gap in the affordable housing market."

Aberdeen City Council Head of Regeneration and Housing Investment John Quinn said: "The demand for affordable housing in Aberdeen continues to outstrip supply and we are acutely aware of the need to increase availability of properties, particularly for social rent, mid-market rent and part ownership.

"The provision of affordable housing is a fundamental part of creating sustainable communities and essential to the successful growth of the city.

"This is an ambitious project so it is vitally important we find a suitable partner that can help address the affordable housing shortfall and build homes that meet the aspirations of all."