1000+ New Council Homes For North Lanarkshire

A local authority has announced plans to build a further 1,000 new council houses over the next decade.

North Lanarkshire Council said the pledge signalled the biggest investment in council housing "for a generation''.

Around £159 million has been earmarked to boost the total number of council houses built in the area to 1,800 by 2016.

It will be partially paid for with Scottish Government grant funding.

Councillor Barry McCulloch, convener of housing and social work services, said: "As Scotland's biggest council landlord we understand that modern, accessible housing is a key priority.

"We already had an extensive new-build programme in place, but we are determined to do what we can to meet considerable need.

"The current programme is diverse and has sites across North Lanarkshire and clearly that's something we would like to see continued.''

Councillor Peter Sullivan added: "New council houses are badly needed but we had to work hard to identify the best and fairest way to deliver these in the current financial climate.

"Access to good quality, affordable housing is a major priority for us and this programme - the biggest in a generation - goes some way towards meeting demand for homes.''

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