City's social housing boost


29th April 2019

More than 160 new homes for rent have been built in Dundee in the past 12 months according to the latest figures.

Housing chiefs have revealed that between April 2018 and March this year 161 social rented housing units were built, most of which were two bedroom flats.

Kevin Cordell convener of Dundee City Council’s neighbourhood services committee said: “These figures represent brand new energy efficient, warm and easy to heat homes for 161 city families.

“With our partners in Hillcrest, Abertay and Angus housing associations we have been able to develop new homes close to schools and community facilities that people want to rent.”

Of the 161 units, 51 were houses and 87 flats, eight were built to be wheelchair accessible and 15 were community care units.

The £20m cost of the building programme came from the Scottish Government, Dundee City Council and the three housing associations.

Most of the new build homes completed in the period were in Alexander Street, with Fintry Drive/Finavon Street and Eliza Street also sites where multiple units were developed. Other homes were built in St Ann Lane, Gray Street Lochee and Kirkton Road.

Cllr Cordell added: “The work that has already been done as part of our regeneration programme has removed some of the poor quality, unpopular house types in the city to make way for new homes that meet people’s modern needs and aspirations. By doing that we are also tackling the problem of supply and demand.

“Work has or is about to start on more than 450 new affordable homes in areas across the city using empty sites to add to the 161 completed by the council and our partners in the past 12 months.”

Most of the new builds were flats with the remaining 51 of them houses. As well as the most popular two-bedroomed properties, 21 were constructed with one bedroom and 41 with three or four.

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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