Moray Council has revealed that it is going to build more than 220 affordable homes by 2020. Between 2017 and 2020, the council aims to build 70 each financial year, creating affordable homes in Buckie, Elgin, Forres, and Keith.
68 completions are scheduled for this year’s developments in Ferrylea and Strathcona Road in Forres and the Driving Range and Linkwood in Elgin. The 2019/2020 developments will see 108 completions at Elgin South, Barhill Road in Buckie, and Banff Road in Keith, bringing the total over the three years at 223.
The 2017/2018 year saw 47 homes built at Burdshaugh in Forres, Barrhill Road in Buckie and Linkwook in Elgin. The developments were completed within budget and is expected that all current contractors will also come in within the budget.
“We’re investing millions of pounds in affordable housing in Moray; what this means is that we’re able to provide the opportunity for hundreds of people and families to settle in their own homes in the area,” said Moray Council’s head of housing and property, Richard Anderson.
“Completion of the homes gives us a great sense of satisfaction because we know how much work has gone into building these, but it doesn’t compare to handover day when residents finally move in and can call the home their own,” he added.
Moray Council’s communities committee will attend a meeting tomorrow where elected members will be asked for approval to progress land purchases at sites in Buckie and Mosstodloch, which already have planning permission for a total of 87 homes. If agreed by the communities committee, further approval from the policy & resources committee would be sought later this month.