Published: 07/11/2017 13:58 - Updated: 07/11/2017 14:13

Pledge to build 100 new social houses in Caithness


New social houses are set to be built in Wick and Thurso.


HIGHLAND Council has pledged to build 100 new social houses in Caithness within the next five years.

The announcement comes at it unveiled ambitious plans to build 2500 homes across the Highlands by 2020.

It is also looking to build another 500 per year after that.

More than two thirds of the housing will be for affordable rent while around 30 per cent will either be for low-cost sale or mid market rent, according to the council’s new strategic housing investment plan.

They will be paid for through a mixture of city deal cash, prudential borrowing and grants from Holyrood, as part of the Scottish Government’s pledge to build at least 50,000 new affordable homes during this term.

For each district of the Highlands, priority areas with the most need for social housing have been set out including Thurso and Wick.

The report will go before the environment, development and infrastructure committee for approval on Wednesday.

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