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Glasgow commits to build 25,000 homes

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Glasgow City Council has committed to delivering 25,000 new homes by 2025 as part of the city’s five-year housing plan

The plans are aimed at increasing the levels of housing being built in the Scottish city. Currently just 701 private-sector homes have been completed between 2014 and 2015 – around half the number built between 2009 and 2010.

Glasgow private-sector housing completions

The new housing strategy will release land for building affordable housing, turn empty shops into homes, and develop sites for self-build and custom-build houses.

Glasgow Council also plans to release 20 sites for development by housing associations in the first year of the £700 million plan.

People Make Glasgow Home: 10-point Housing Acceleration Plan

  1. An accelerated programme for releasing large sites for private housing developments
  2. Acceleration of the Transformational Regeneration Areas programme to deliver up to 6500 homes through a special purpose regeneration vehicle
  3. Council-nominated sale to Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) of 20 sites for affordable housing development within a year
  4. Working in partnership with the Wheatley Group and the Scottish Government to realise 1,700 affordable homes in the city by 2022
  5. Pilot the Glasgow Private Rented Sector Development Partnership to provide a new private rented housing supply
  6. Establish a memorandum of understanding with Scottish Canals to increase regeneration and housebuilding along the Canal Corridor
  7. Create an action plan to bring underused spaces above shops and long-term empty retail units into residential use
  8. Publish a statement on student accommodation within the next year
  9. Increase the range of housing on offer including custom-build and self-build
  10. Help first-time buyers with a pilot Glasgow Mortgage Guarantee Scheme in partnership with Glasgow Credit Union

Leader of Glasgow City Council Gordon Matheson, said: ‘While there have been tremendous examples of new housing developments in Glasgow in recent years, such as the Athletes’ Village and Laurieston, the city needs to accelerate housebuilding to meet changing and growing demand.

‘The huge scope of housing activity that the council will be enabling, supporting and investing in over the next decade will truly transform Glasgow.’ 

He added: ‘While the under-supply of housing is a national concern, we are determined to ensure Glasgow is at the forefront of tackling the issue, and will consider all feasible options for doing so.  The building of these homes will bring tremendous economic and social benefits for the city, with the huge number of jobs and apprenticeships required to deliver new housing on such a scale.’

Further comments

Bill Robertson, chairman of Robertson Group
‘We welcome this commitment by Glasgow City Council to a strategy which will ensure that the growing demand for housing in the city is met. Today marks an important milestone in both the city’s regeneration plans and its stakeholders, including our company. Urban Union is a company created by Robertson Group and McTaggart Construction in 2011, targeting opportunity in regeneration throughout the country.  The company is growing quickly and is currently operating in Glasgow and Edinburgh on projects leading to the production of 1500 homes. The Laurieston Project has been a great success and Urban Union are delighted to be a part of it to date.’

Gary Climson, managing director of McTaggart Construction
‘With confidence in the sector growing and an accelerating demand for affordable housing in Glasgow this announcement will provide a valuable boost to supply. We firmly believe this commitment by Glasgow City Council will further support the delivery of public sector housing in the city, driving the realisation of Glasgow’s newest city centre quarter and enabling us to continue our ambition to create quality homes and communities throughout Scotland. We look forward to progressing to the next phase of the project as part of the Urban Union consortium.’

Gordon Sloan, chair of Glasgow Housing Association
‘One of our priorities is to help increase the number of affordable homes for people in communities across Glasgow. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government to bring forward plans for 1700 more homes in the city.’

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