Glasgow City Council today (2 November) approved the draft Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) for the city for the next five years. The plan aims to deliver up to 10,000 affordable homes and just over £600million in investment funding during that time, also levering in a similar amount of private finance.
Glasgow's SHIP - formed after consultation with a range of partner organisations - is the delivery plan for the affordable housing supply programme in the city, outlining housing investment priorities and including information on the resources available to deliver the plan.
The SHIP is part of Glasgow's Housing Strategy, which has the following strategic priorities:
· Promote area regeneration and enable investment in new build housing
· Manage, maintain and improve the existing housing stock
· Raise managements standards in the private rented sector
· Tackle fuel poverty, energy efficiency and climate change
· Improve access to housing across all tenures
· Promote health and wellbeing
The SHIP outlines the delivery plans for affordable homes investment in Glasgow to meet these priorities.
A commitment to create sustainable mixed tenure communities in Glasgow is a key aim of the SHIP, as is the desire to work with local communities to improve housing quality, services and community cohesion.
The SHIP identifies a number of principles for housing investment:
· Quality in design
· Community benefits
· Improving energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty
· Digital and technological innovation
· Tackling homelessness
Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: "The council is committed to making sure that people and families in Glasgow have access to affordable housing, a cornerstone in our aims of improving the quality of life for many Glaswegians and giving everyone in the city the opportunity to share in our economic growth. A five year plan such as this allows the council and our housing partners in the public and private sectors to plan ahead, in order for us to deliver the targets set for affordable homes in the city."