Scottish Borders Council to discuss building 200 affordable homes

Kelso Square
Kelso Square

Councillors will discuss plans to build up to 200 new affordable homes in the Borders next Wednesday at a full meeting in Kelso.

Members are being asked to approve proposals which would see SBC staff prepare a final business case to develop a council-led house building programme with the Scottish Futures Trust.

The Trust is an independent company set up by the Scottish Government to deliver value for money across public infrastructure investment.

If agreed, SBC would borrow from the Public Loans Work Board. This project follows the 58 homes already delivered using the NHT at Balnakiel in Galashiels, and Innerleithen.

Councillor Frances Renton, SBC’s executive member for social work and housing said: “This is the culmination of considerable work behind the scenes in order to revisit the role of the council leading on the delivery of new affordable housing following conclusion of the large scale voluntary stock transfer in 2003.

“I am very pleased with the outline business case and in particular the conclusions which indicate that this is a viable option, and sets out recommendations for the council to progress with this initiative.”

The meeting starts at 10am in the Tait Hall on June 26.