First rural council houses in 40 years

Work is now well underway to provide the first rural council houses in Angus for 40 years.

An old brown-field site at Inveraldie near Tealing has been cleared as part of Angus Council’s affordable house building programme. The site originally held old timber lock-up garages, but a decline in appearance due to under-use over several years meant that a better use was required for the land.

The local authority’s solution for the site was to develop five new council houses for rent - two three-bedroomed semi-detached and three two-bedroomed terraced houses. These will be ready for occupation by council house tenants in the spring of 2013.

The council has secured funding of £150,000 from the Scottish Government towards the £700,000 cost of the five new houses, which will incorporate sprinklers and very high levels of insulation.

These features will increase home safety and help combat fuel poverty through substantially lower fuel bills for tenants.

They form part of Angus Council’s ambitious building programme to provide 147 new council houses, which will help reduce the housing waiting list, and realise the council’s vision of building quality affordable and energy efficient homes for rent in areas of highest need across Angus.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, vice-convener of Neighbourhood Services, visited the site on Monday, October 15, to view progress of work. She was joined by council officers and representatives from Hadden Construction, the contractor responsible for the delivery of the project.

Councillor Gaul commented: “I am particularly delighted to see work progressing on this development as it shows the council’s commitment to delivering new affordable housing in the more rural parts of Angus, as well as in the towns.

“These new council houses will increase the options for families wanting to live in our countryside and it is an important step in helping to maintain the fabric of our village communities.”

To apply for one of the houses or for further information on this and all the council’s new developments, visit the council’s website at www.angus.gov.uk