Scottish government commits to 11,000 new rural and island homes

New plans to deliver 11,000 affordable homes which can “bolster” the housing strategies in rural and island communities was published by the Scottish government.

Government plans hope to provide a total of 110,000 homes across Scotland between the private and public sectors, with 10 per cent of those in rural and island communities.

Housing minister Paul McLennan said the strategy to create the homes by 2032 would help economic growth for rural communities to “thrive”.

“It has been informed by extensive engagement with a wide range of organisations representing rural and island housing interests,” Mr McLennan said.

He added that 70 per cent of the homes proposed to be built would be used for social housing.

The government’s plan are hoped to bring empty housing back into the market, provide more housing for key workers, and address challenges with construction supply chains.


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  • Steven Jarmson

    • October 14th, 2023 15:51

    11,000 doesn’t sound much.
    How many are being funded for the central belt?

    • Mr ian Tinkler

      • October 14th, 2023 17:56

      Scotland’s population is 5,436,600. That’s one home per 5,436,600 / 11,000. That is one home for every 4940 of the population. Lucky Shetland may get 4!!!!. I can not wait, note the minister did say over 10 years that would be. That is one new home for Shetland every 2 years and 6 months. Very generous!!!

  • Susi McDonald

    • October 14th, 2023 21:39

    11,000 over quite a large area in 9 years ..
    Not that many really

  • John R Rodgers

    • October 15th, 2023 18:59

    I’ll believe it when I see it. The Scottish government are good at spouting promises but it rarely comes to fruition. Remember the two ferries, and you’ve got the picture.


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