Council housing gets multi million pound boost

Woodhill House, Aberdeen.
Woodhill House, Aberdeen.

Councillors have agreed project costs of £12.7 million for three council housing projects across Aberdeenshire at Policy & Resources Committee on Thursday, April 3.

Martin Brae in Inverurie, near Kellands School, will see the demolition of 20 temporary accommodation units and a derelict former Air Training Corp Hall. The proposals are to build 24 new council housing units, comprising two two-bed bungalows, two blocks of four flatted properties, five two-bed and seven three-bed semi-detached properties.

Councillors agreed project costs of £3.2 million and the project will now proceed to tender. Demolition on site is expected to begin in April 2014, with work completed by December 2015.

At the Broadshade Development in Westhill 30 council houses are being built by Stewart Milne Homes, on behalf of the Council. Councillors agreed project costs of £4.2 million for the homes which are due for completion in March 2015.

Project costs of £5.3 million were also agreed for the Craigewen new build housing development in Peterhead. This project will deliver 42 units on a brownfield site bounded by Ugie Street and St Peter Street, with 11 extra care properties. The site is jointly owned by the council and Sanctuary Housing Association who will project manage the development on behalf of the Council.

Works to demolish two blocks of properties at 73 to 79 St Peter Street, and 2 to 20 Ugie Street has already been approved and work is underway.

The Council, through the Housing and Social Work Committee, pledged to deliver 350 housing units by 2018. The current phase, Phase 5, of new build work would see a total of 169 units constructed between now and December 2015.

Chair of the council’s Policy and Resources Committee Councillor Jim Gifford welcomed the decision. He said: “Demand for council houses continues to grow, we have over 8,000 people now on our waiting list for housing.

“Aberdeenshire Council is committed to building more council housing, to a high standard, to support a range of people from families to people with more specialist needs.

“I’m delighted to see these three projects moving forward, which give us a real boost towards achieving our target of double the number of council houses being built by 2018.”