Stirling Council has committed more than £23million of investment in Council housing across communities in the coming financial year.

The plans were approved at a special budget meeting yesterday (25 Feb) and include almost £15m to build around 130 new homes.

The total investment of £23.237M underlines the Council’s commitment to creating more affordable and social housing across all communities, while also funding ambitious plans to refurbish and renew existing stock.

Speaking after the decision, Housing Portfolio Holder, Cllr Evelyn Tweed said: “The Council has agreed a targeted Capital Investment Programme for the coming year which will significantly improve the quantity and quality of our Council housing.

“It’s clear that housing remains a priority for our residents, and today’s decision proves the Council is committed to delivering for the people who live here.”

£1M allocated to renewables

Plans in the report also showcase continued investment in renewable technologies for the Council’s existing housing estate.

Joint Depute Portfolio Holder, Cllr Danny Gibson, added: “Stirling Council was recognised as a leading social landlord in solar and battery storage technology in the UK with a national award in 2019, and this budget sees a further £1M allocated to the installation of solar panels and solar photovoltaic systems or battery storage systems for 150 homes.

“It’s our goal to not just build more homes, but to build better quality homes, which are more sustainable and energy efficient, and today’s budget plans fuel that ambition.”

£8million for renewalsThe report also outlined a commitment to an expansive plan of further internal and external renewals of existing stock, which amounts to over £8million of investment.

Joint Depute Portfolio Holder, Cllr Alasdair MacPherson, added: “This budget will help us provide comprehensive improvements and upgrades to our Council houses, including everything from kitchens to roofing.

“I look forward to seeing these projects get underway and for existing and new tenants to be able to benefit from these changes in the near future.”

The full report and details of the investment are available here.