Plans to build 250 new council homes in West Lothian have taken a step forward after a number of locations for future development were agreed.
The West Lothian Local Housing Strategy recognises the need to increase the supply of affordable housing in West Lothian to meet demand. Included in the strategy is a target of 3,000 affordable homes being provided in West Lothian between 2012 and 2022. Around two thirds of the 3,000 affordable homes are either already constructed or under construction. To meet the affordable homes target, nearly 900 new homes need to be planned for over the next few years. Whilst the council will provide some of these homes, it is anticipated that a significant amount will be constructed by Registered Social Landlords.
West Lothian Council's Housing Capital Programme was agreed in February and set out plans to deliver 250 new council homes in West Lothian. The council will also add to the supply of affordable homes by completing the balance of the existing new build programme and purchasing former council houses from the open market. The council will also work closely with Registered Social Landlords to support their plans for affordable housing delivery in West Lothian.
West Lothian's Council Executive today (Tuesday 17 April) agreed a number of sites that will accommodate the new homes. These are:
Eagle Brae, Livingston 30 homes
This is a council depot that has been declared surplus to requirements.
Guildiehaugh, Bathgate 88 homes
This is a former council depot that has been declared surplus to requirements following the opening of Whitehill Depot.
Vion, Broxburn 12 homes
The site has been acquired by the council from Bellway Homes who are developing the former Vion site for private housing.
Mossend, West Calder 69 homes
This site is in the process of being acquired from Walker Group who are developing the site for private housing.
Standhill, Bathgate 25 homes
This site is in the process of being acquired from Barratt Housing who are developing the site for private housing.
Brucefield, Livingston 26 homes
Barratt Housing are developing this site. Barratt are required to transfer land to the council for affordable housing before 10 private houses are occupied on the site.
Executive councillor for services to the community, George Paul added: "We are absolutely committed to providing more affordable homes for the residents of West Lothian and our investment in this area is hugely significant.
"Our new build programme is already making a huge difference to hundreds of families. Identifying sites for further new build housing is an important step forward in our planning for our next programme of new build homes. Four of the six new sites for our new programme are being transferred to the council from private developers. The two other sites will see the council making good use of surplus land already in the council's ownership "
He added: "We understand that there are many people on the common housing register who are waiting on an affordable home in West Lothian and we are no different to other parts of the country in that regard - demand for affordable housing outstrips supply. We are doing everything in our power to build new council homes and support our partners in their efforts to provide sustainable communities for future generations."