Council Approves Housing Plan
Midlothian Council has approved its Strategic Housing Investment Plan for 2019/20 – 2023/24.
Over 2000 new homes
This identifies locations for 2,202 affordable homes to be built in Midlothian over the next five years. The new homes are being developed by Midlothian Council and local housing associations. The Plan also notes that the Scottish Government is supporting new development by providing a record high in the level of funding for new housing, with £8.1 million of grant funding allocated to housing developments in Midlothian during the current year. However, the Plan identifies that an increased level of Scottish Government funding will be required in order that the total number of homes can be built during the period of the Plan.
Cllr Stephen Curran, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing said: “The Strategic Housing Investment Plan details an ambitious 5 year plan for addressing housing need in Midlothian. This is in addition to over 1,000 council homes that have been built by the council since 2006. It is clear that there is an increasing need for affordable housing due to demographic change and because many people cannot afford to buy or rent in the private sector. The Strategic Housing Investment Plan also ensures that housing is being planned to meet a range of needs, including housing for older people and those with a disability.”