Members of The Highland Council’s People Committee have approved the Council’s Local Housing Strategy for 2017 – 2022.
The strategy indicates that over 6,000 new houses (of which 2,500 will be social rented houses) will be needed over the next 5 years. Forty-five percent of these new homes will be required as a high priority in Inverness and the surrounding area.
Other communities that have also been identified in the strategy as a high priority for housing development include Portree, Broadford, Plockton and Dornie.
Chair of the Council’s People Committee Cllr Alasdair Christie said: “I welcome this strategy which will help to deliver the Council’s Programme priorities to provide homes across the Highlands so that both young and old have a secure roof over their heads; that the Council and its partners will aim to build 500 new affordable homes every year for the next 5 years; and improve the quality and condition of the housing stock and minimise fuel poverty.”
He added: “Members have scrutinised the draft strategy and we are now confident that as a living and working document it is fit for purpose to deliver the Council’s housing priorities.”
The Council also consulted widely on the Highland Local Development Plan and the main issues for Local Housing Strategy in a series of public events during September to November 2015.
The strategy can be viewed on the council’s website here.