Margaret Burgess announced that over 170 new affordable homes will be delivered
across Scotland as part of the National Housing Trust initiative
Mrs Burgess will
make the announcement during a visit to a planned residential and commercial
development in Rosyth, where 62 new NHT homes are being built.
development - which will create a new community in the town - will consist of
hundreds of new homes, as well as a neighbourhood retail centre, hotel,
offices, care home, nursery and restaurant.
In addition to the
62 new homes that will be delivered as part of this development, the new round
of NHT deals will also see 79 new homes built in Aberdeen, and 32 in the
Mrs Burgess said:
“I am delighted to announce the latest round of deals under the National
Housing Trust initiative, which will deliver over 170 brand new and affordable
homes to rent in Rosyth, Aberdeen, Inverness and Ardersier.
“Developments such as the new Hilton community in
Rosyth not only provide a boost for our construction sector and wider economy,
but also offer people and families the chance to rent or buy a new home at
“I have met
NHT tenants all over Scotland and have heard how delighted they were to be
offered new, high quality homes which met their needs, and how quickly they
continues to go from strength to strength, and yesterdays announcement brings
the total number of homes to be delivered through the initiative in communities
across the country to over 1,700 – all for very little taxpayers’
Westminster’s cuts to our capital budget the Scottish Government is doing
everything possible to stimulate growth, maximise our investment in housing and
deliver on our target of 30,000 new, affordable homes over the lifetime of this
commercial director at Scottish Futures Trust, which works with local
authorities to deliver NHT homes, said: “Based on the outstanding success
of the NHT initiative a further phase was launched to help meet
delighted that so far three contracts have been signed to build over 170
additional new homes across three council areas, providing local people with
high quality housing at affordable rent levels.
“Importantly, the initiative also continues to
help to safeguard jobs in the construction industry.”
Hamilton, Fife Council’s Executive Spokesperson for Housing &
Building Services, said: "I welcome the announcement of this partnership
deal that will allow us to offer 62 new homes for rent in a development to be
built at Admiralty Road in Rosyth.
be a mix of one, two and three bed flats along with two, three and four bed
terraces. It will be complete by Summer 2015.
"We have a
target to deliver 2,700 new homes by 2017 and this is just one of Fife
Council's approaches in a much wider programme of building affordable
housing for the area."
Director of Kapital Residential Ltd, said: "We are delighted to be
partnering with Fife Council, the Scottish Futures Trust and the Scottish
Government in this NHT initiative at Rosyth.
Garden City is all about delivering local homes for local families and the
innovative way in which NHT works has made this a deliverable proposition in an
otherwise difficult market.”
Council Housing and Environment Convener Councillor Neil Cooney said:
National Housing Trust is a fantastic initiative which Aberdeen City Council
was eager to be involved in from the start.
provision of affordable housing is a key component of the Council's
Strategic Infrastructure Plan, which aims to achieve a step change in the
supply of housing by 2017. The National Housing Trust has played a significant
role in this.”
Fallows, Chair of the Resources Committee at The Highland Council,
Highland Council is delighted to provide the necessary finance to deliver
another 32 NHT homes in the Highlands.
programme is proving hugely successful in meeting housing demand in areas where
there is a shortage of affordable housing.”
The original NHT
model allows developers and councils to jointly fund the purchase of new homes,
with local authority loans to the initiative being underwritten by the Scottish
Under the original
NHT model, homes are available for rent at below market rates for five to 10
years before being sold, with tenants given priority to buy at the end of the
Over 1700 NHT
homes are being delivered in communities across Scotland, with even more in the
The table below
outlines the homes to be developed through this latest round of
Stewart Milne Group
Admiralty Road, Rosyth
about the NHT initiative is available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/nht.