Council aims to increase house building

ANGUS Council is to apply to the Scottish Government’s Innovation and Investment Fund for money towards a further round of affordable house building.

The neighbourhood services committee heard at their meeting in Forfar on Thursday that the council is applying for funding towards up to a total of 51 houses at Noran Avenue in Arbroath, in Forfar and possibly also a second development in Montrose and at Inveraldie.

A second funding application will be for up to 12 starter homes in Noran Avenue in Arbroath. The council will build these houses and then sell a majority share of the homes to first time buyers.

Convener of neighbourhood services Councillor Jim Millar said: “We hope that, if successful, the first of these council-led applications will enable us to increase the number of family-sized homes in Forfar, as well as providing additional rural housing, continuing both the regeneration of north Arbroath and the enhancements to Montrose.

“The second application, for shared equity homes, will help first-time buyers onto the property ladder and reduce pressures on our housing waiting lists.”

He added: “As well as adding to the housing stock, these housing programmes would give a welcome boost to the local economy through construction activity.”