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Affordable homes boost for Aberdeen as Committee approves 260,000 housing grant

11/03/14

Aberdeen City Council's Housing and Environment Committee has agreed to contribute up to 261,734 to help deliver affordable housing for the city.

Grampian Housing Association submitted a grant application to the Council seeking financial assistance to build 16 affordable properties at Hopetoun Grange.

The Housing and Environment Committee met on Tuesday 11 March and approved its application.

The grant will be paid from Section 75 obligations – contributions from developers for affordable housing negotiated during the planning process.

Grampian Housing Association will apply for a Scottish Government grant and arrange private finance for the Hopetoun Grange development, but without this additional assistance it would not have been able to fund the project.

The development of affordable housing in Aberdeen is a key component of the Council's Strategic Infrastructure Plan (SIP).

The SIP aims to achieve a "Step change in the supply of housing" by delivering around 2,000 affordable homes by 2017, 1,000 of which will be delivered by the Council with a development partner.

The development at Hopetoun Grange, which will feature 16 two-bedroom flats for social rent, will contribute to the Council's overall affordable housing target.

Housing and Environment Committee Convener Councillor Neil Cooney 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.

"Hopetoun Grange is a fantastic opportunity to start realising our affordable housing ambitions and I am delighted we were able to help Grampian Housing Association press ahead with their plans.

"Aberdeen City Council is determined to deliver more affordable housing and our Strategic Infrastructure Plan will play a significant part in that process.

"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 all.

"The Hopetoun Grange development is just one strand of the SIP but will nonetheless help plug a gap in the affordable housing market."