With rent rising and a shortage of affordable housing, the need for new properties in Dundee has become critical.
But the Tele can reveal more details about a development, which will see more than 500 much-needed homes built across the city.
On Monday, Dundee City Council’s housing committee will look over plans to construct 515 houses around the city by the end of 2017/18.
The document, compiled by chief executive David Dorward, states that the priority areas for regeneration are the Hilltown, Whitfield, Lochee and Mill O’Mains.
And it recommends that 40% of the homes are allocated to the homeless.
A total of 30% will be delegated to “transfers” those who already have a tenancy in council or housing association accommodation who have medical needs, social needs, living in overcrowded conditions or sub-standard conditions.
The other 30% is for those with “general needs”, who have the same issues, but don’t currently have a tenancy with the council or a housing association.
The Hilltown Derby Street and Maxwelltown multi-storey development is one of the biggest planned, with a predicted 134 homes to be built between 2015 and 2017.
Local councillor Jimmy Black said: “I’m absolutely delighted at there is regeneration of this scale in the Hilltown.
“It’s had so much of its population taken away with a lot of demolition in the last few years and these plans will help bring people back.
“Not only are these new properties, but they are quality 21st century ones that are energy efficient and won’t need a lot of heating to keep warm.
“What this means is that more people will come back to the area, which will drive business again for the shops and create jobs.
“We want the Hilltown to be thriving again and I won’t be happy until all poor quality properties are improved or replaced by better ones.”
Residents of Mill O’ Mains will also witness the build of 14 houses in the 2016/17 financial year.
But Jim Malone, of the Mill O’ Mains Tenants and Residents’ Association, wants to make sure the area doesn’t become a concrete jungle.
He said: “The redevelopment and regeneration of the area has been a massive undertaking over the last number of years and it’s great that more social housing will be provided.
“The influx of population will help drive the local economy as well. But we need the local amenities to be built with them and other services although we have parkland nearby, we want people on the estate to have green spaces to enjoy as well.”
Ron Neave, of the Fintry Community Council, admitted another 54 units proposed to be built on Fintry Drive and Finavon Street in 2016/17 was “much needed” in the area.
He said: “I would very much welcome the move because that site has remained empty for some time now.
“I think when the properties were demolished there originally the local shops were affected a bit, so this influx in population will really help them out.
“There’s no doubt affordable housing is much need in this area.”