Local people to be given priority when allocating Bonnyrigg homes

Councillors agreed a new letting initiative

Residents in Bonnyrigg, Lasswade and Poltonhall are to be given priority when allocating 18 new council flats in Bonnyrigg.

At the full cabinet meeting on Tuesday, councillors agreed a new Local Letting Initiative, which will mean the five studio and ten one bedroom flats on Polton Street, will be allocated based on the following criteria:

First priority will be given to local people with medical needs or who are homeless

Suitable ground floor flats will be offered to residents in Bonnyrigg, Lasswade or Poltonhall who have medical needs or are a homeless household.

Local people who are under occupying their current home will be next on the allocations list for the homes

Once these homes are allocated, the remaining homes will be offered to existing council housing tenants in the same three areas who are under occupying their current home by one or more bedrooms. Priority will then be given, again to residents in those listed three areas, who are homeless and living in the area or to residents who have listed any of the three areas as their preferred area choice.

Applicants who have listed any of the three areas as their choice of location will be next

Finally, if any of the flats are still not allocated, they will be offered to applicants who have chosen any of the three areas as one of their areas of choice but are not living in Bonnyrigg, Lasswade or Poltonhall. Councillors agreed to a rent charge of £65.53 a week for the five studio flats. All homes will be allocated to people who do not have any history of antisocial behaviour.

The initiative is great news for local people

Councillor Kelly Parry, the cabinet member for housing, said: “There’s 2,601 people on the housing list for the Bonnyrigg and Lasswade area but only 655 of these applicants actually living in the area. The new letting initiative will mean local people will be given priority, which is great news for local people who now won’t have to contemplate moving to another area which could have a detrimental impact on their jobs and families.”

22 Nov 2016