North Lanarkshire Council has revealed its plans to address the housing shortage in the region. The council intends to submit a list of initiatives to the Scottish Government for approval. The majority of these projects will be undertaken by the council itself.
The council’s ambitious plan includes the purchase of 250 vacant properties, the construction of housing on the sites of three former schools in Newmains and Coatbridge, and the building of 24 homes at Dalzell Drive in Motherwell. Additionally, the council aims to acquire properties in Ravenscraig, Newarthill, and Shotts.
The list of initiatives also features plans from Link Housing Association to build 43 homes in Cumbernauld and Clyde Valley Housing Association’s intention to develop 18 properties at Chryston Bowling Club.
Before the projects were given the green light by the members of the council’s housing committee, council leader Jim Logue pointed out that the council receives less grant funding compared to housing associations. On average, the council receives £83,000 per property, while housing associations receive £91,000. However, additional funding is provided to support improvements such as energy-efficient designs, balconies, study areas, and automated fire suppression systems.
Although the grant funding offered by the Scottish Government has increased, it has not kept up with inflation. As a result, many housing associations have had to scale back their plans for new properties.
These initiatives from North Lanarkshire Council signify a proactive approach towards addressing the housing shortage in the region. By purchasing vacant homes, repurposing former school buildings, and collaborating with housing associations, the council is taking steps to provide affordable housing options for its residents.
– North Lanarkshire Council
– Link Housing Association
– Clyde Valley Housing Association