£50m ‘housing infrastructure’ funding unveiled

FUNDING to support the provision of so-called ‘housing infrastructure’ has been unveiled by the Scottish Government.

With £5m having been already allocated from the £50m total, the funding – in grant form – is to be used to “build infrastructure to serve new housing developments and create new, stronger communities”.

The £5m already issued has been allocated to Fife Council to support delivery of 8,000 new homes across Dunfermline.

Says the Scottish Government, the funding is for local authorities and social housing landlords, such as housing associations.

Says a Scottish Government announcement (here): “This will be the second round of the [Housing Infrastructure Fund], which has awarded £48 million in loans and grants since 2016, helping deliver up to 12,000 new homes.”

A key focus (here) of the fund is to provide “registered social landlords (RSLs) and local authorities (LAs) with grant support for the unlocking of sites that will deliver affordable homes in support of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme and as in line with local authority strategic priorities”.

Applications are minded to ensure their proposed projects “contribute to strong place-based investment, and – where applicable – this could include supporting town centre regeneration, sustainable communities and the creation of ’20-minute neighbourhoods'”.

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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