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Hundreds of affordable homes for the Borders

The Scottish Housing Minister has announced plans for 200 affordable homes in the Scottish Borders.

Margaret Burgess made the announcement during a trip to a housing development in Innerleithen. The James Hogg Court development will be used as a pilot for the new housing scheme.

Jenny Longden reports

200 new homes for Scottish Borders

200 new affordable homes will be built in the Scottish Borders.

The Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess made the announcement during a visit to a new housing development in Innerleithen.

The homes will be delivered by the Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council.

Mrs Burgess also officially opened the 24 home development at James Hogg Court in Innerleithen, delivered by Tweed Homes through the Scottish Government's National Housing Initiative.

South Lakeland's Local Plan takes a step forward

Developers are now submitting requests to build on 88 sites in South Cumbria earmarked to create 1000 new affordable homes and 1000 better-paid jobs in the area.

South Lakeland District Council is one of only a few councils in the country to find land for development, rather than waiting for developers to propose sites.

It's hoped it'll meet a housing and job crisis: there are around 3000 families waiting for a housing association home in South Lakeland and many more who can't find an affordable home.

The charity Shelter says fewer than 3% of properties in the area are affordable for families. Less than 1% of people in South Cumbria are unemployed but many are on the minimum wage and can't afford high Lake District prices.

Of the 88 sites, 20 will be for businesses, the rest for housing. Of those sites, 4.2% are brownfield while 95.8% are greenfield. Environmental groups feel that building on greenfield sites is wrong and will damage local habitats.


Full Report: Council extends South Lakeland housing scheme

People at risk of becoming homeless in the South Lakes are being helped by a plan to make more rented properties available.

South Lakeland District Council is more than doubling the number of homes it leases from private landlords.

They are being let out to tenants who could otherwise be excluded from private sector renting, because they are on benefits.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports.

Housing scheme offers reassurance for landlords

Mary Giles is a landlord in Ulverston.

She was put off renting to people on benefits after bad experiences with tenants not paying the rent and wrecking the house.

Mary Giles is a landlord in Ulverston Credit: ITV News

She had to evict a tenant who stopped paying the rent, and when she got in to the property it was so badly ruined she stood in the living room and cried because she had spent 6 months making it a nice place to live.

This scheme has given her more assurances because the council guarantees the rent and returns the property in the same state. She says she has some wonderful tenants on DSS now.

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