Council pledge to build 1000 new affordable homes
Dumbarton Harbour in old and modern times and Westcliff, where land is being sold at Talisman Avenue. Pictures by Bill Heaney
March 15, 2018 – West Dunbartonshire Council has agreed to approve the purchase of land at Dumbarton Harbour where 45 new council homes will be built.
At a special meeting of the Housing and Communities Committee this week, councillors agreed a number of measures to ensure the commitment to delivering 1000 new affordable homes by 2021 is met, including the decision to authorise council officers to work towards concluding a deal for the 45 homes at Dumbarton Harbour.
As well as the Dumbarton Harbour project, the committee also agreed to sell land at Muir Road, Glenside, and Talisman Avenue in Westcliff, Dumbarton, to Caledonia Housing Association and the Wheatley Group respectively.
Bellsmyre and Glenside (top right), where land is being sold for housing.
The 1000 new homes by 2021 commitment – part of the More Homes Better Homes programme − will see the Council work with housing association partners to deliver the affordable homes where they are most needed across the authority area.
Also announced at the meeting was a schedule or where and when the homes will be built. The Council is currently building 40 homes at Second Avenue/Singer Street in Clydebank, with construction on 126 due to begin in financial year 2018/19 at the old St Andrew’s School site in Clydebank.
Also beginning this year will be work on the 45 council homes at Dumbarton Harbour and 15 in Alexandria town centre. In 2019/20, work will start on 60 new council houses in Bellsmyre, 81 in Haldane and 50 in Clydebank East.
New homes under construction at the Fountain in Main Street, Alexandria.
Houses to be built by partners include 292 units by Wheatley Group/Cube Housing Association; 86 units by Clydebank Housing Association; 33 Link Housing Association homes; 167 homes by Dunbritton Housing Association and 242 Caledonia Housing Association units.
Councillor Diane Docherty (pictured right), Convener of Housing and Communities, said: “It was important that the committee gave officers the approval to acquire sites for new houses and also to draw down funding for various housing projects that will contribute to our delivery of 1000 new affordable homes by 2021. The Council has set a very ambitious target and it’s one that we are determined to make. We must provide desirable affordable and high quality homes for the people of West Dunbartonshire and the decision taken by the committee this week will ensure we are best placed to do that.”
The Scottish Government has set a national target of 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021, and West Dunbartonshire Council’s More Homes Better Homes approach ties in with this wider aim. Councillor Iain McLaren, Vice Convener of Housing and Communities, added: “I was delighted to see more detail in terms of what houses will be built and where, and to be able to give the go-ahead for the next stage of our commitment to be realised.”