BHA welcome Government housing investment

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AT a time when demand for family housing in the area is high, BHA Homes have welcomed a Scottish Government pledge which will help individuals and families into new homes and boost the economy through millions of pounds of new investment in housing.

A funding package of £45 million will deliver around 1,200 homes, including council and housing association homes for social rent.

The package includes support for people on low to moderate incomes across Scotland wishing to purchase their home.

It is estimated that the funding will support up to 800 jobs in construction and related sectors over the next two years.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Councils across Scotland, backed by over £115 million from the Scottish Government, have spearheaded a new era of council house building. In the last 12 months over 1,000 council houses were built, this is the highest number of completions recorded in the last 20 years.”

Helen Forsyth, BHA’s chief executive, said keen to push on with more housing developments themselves, the association would welcome any Government support.

She commented: “It is always good news when the Government announces further spending on new homes. In this area demand has been rising for affordable homes and we are keen to build. We very much hope to build again in Eyemouth and Duns in the near future. The only challenge comes when matching grant funding with lending as the banks are not offering loans unless on very punitive and unaffordable terms. However with the income from our wind farm to assist and grant funding from government we intend to develop a programme of building that we hope will begin to alleviate the real needs of local families.”