Dundee council bosses have pledged to build more than 1,000 new homes in the city over the next three years.
Nine sites have been earmarked for the developments. They are:
- Former Mid Craigie Primary School;
- Eliza Street;
- Fintry Dive/Finavon Street;
- Alexander Street;
- Former Derby Street multis in Dundee;
- Benvie Road;
- Coldside Road;
- Seagate (mid-market rent); and
- Pitkerro Road.
Dundee City Council’s strategic housing investment plan sets out housing priorities in the city for the next five years, with the Scottish Government expected to pump £34.9 million into the programme between 2019-2021.
Councillor Kevin Cordell, convener of the council’s neighbourhood services committee, said: “Work has or is just about to start on more than 450 new affordable homes in areas across the city to add to those already completed by the council and its partners.
“New affordable homes will be springing up at nine sites including the former Mid Craigie Primary School, Eliza Street, Seagate and Pitkerro Road, which will give us more houses fit for the 21st Century that people want to live in.”
Hilltown dad Barry Lamont has had repeated problems trying to find a suitable home for his family.
Although he is pleased with the council’s plans, he said more needs to be done to help residents secure new housing.
He said: “It’s good that they’re going to be building these new homes, but it depends on who goes into them.
“They need to cater more for people with disabilities, but they need to allocate them properly to the people that are best suited.”
The council has also announced plans for a new fruit-growing community garden and playpark on a disused bowling green at Lochee Park.
The development, worth a total of £127,500, will be considered by the council’s neighbourhood services committee on Monday.
West End councillor Richard McCready welcomed both projects but added: “I want the very best for the people who use Lochee Park and I hope the council will be able to find external funding to make this playpark even better.”