Ambitious plans outlined for more affordable housing in Fife

Affordable housing being built in Cowdenbeath

Investment proposals that would see 3,381 new affordable houses built in Fife before 2025 were discussed by Fife councillors today (Thursday).

Fife Council's Strategic Housing Investment Programme (SHIP) will now be submitted to the Scottish Government in a bid for funding to help subsidise the total cost of almost £190 million.

Head of the council's Housing Service John Mills explained that the figures being discussed today are estimates, but represent the council's ambition to provide as many new affordable council houses as possible in Fife.

He added: "We are also committed to making sure 30% of these new homes can cater for people with specific needs with 5% of the new properties classed as wheelchair housing."

Convener of the council's Community and Housing Services Committee Cllr Judy Hamilton commented: "Continuing to build on our successful affordable housing programme is a top priority for the council and, working with partners including the Fife Housing Association Alliance, we will be aiming to create as many safe, warm and affordable homes for Fifers as possible."