Renfrewshire residents are set to benefit from an £86.6m council housing investment over the next three years. Renfrewshire’s Housing Capital Investment Plan 2019/20 to 2021/22 will focus on new build homes, regeneration and the maintenance of existing council homes.
The plan will invest £86.6m up to 2022 in a range of programmes that will improve housing levels and advance the council’s commitment to provide 1,000 new, affordable homes by 2021.
Planned investment programmes include improvements to the external fabric of council houses, roof renewals, kitchen and bathroom upgrades, improved electrical wiring and heating systems and improvements to multi-storey flats and sheltered housing. Smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms will also continue to be upgraded as part of a programme to meet the Scottish Government’s new standards which come into effect in February 2021.
The plan also includes provision for new build investment in affordable social housing in Renfrewshire at sites in Bishopton and Johnstone Castle, as well as new build homes on sites at Ferguslie Park, Foxbar, Gallowhill and South West Johnstone. These projects combined will provide over 400 new council homes.
It has also been announced that rent will increase by 2% after a consultation with more than 600 council tenants saw an overwhelming majority back the increase.
Tenants also indicated they strongly agree with the council’s housing priorities to deliver high quality services, maintain and improve existing council houses and invest in new build homes.