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01/08/13 11:17

New affordable homes for Dumfries

New homes for rent at below market rates

Almost 70 new affordable homes are to be built in Dumfries, Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess confirmed today.

Contracts have been signed with Robertson Homes to deliver 69 homes at Marchfield, Dumfries through the award-winning National Housing Trust initiative (NHT).

NHT was developed by the Scottish Government and Scottish Futures Trust (SFT). It sees developers and local authorities jointly funding the purchase of newly-built homes so they can be made available for rent to households at below market rates.

Each local authority’s contribution to the funding package for homes in its area is supported by a Scottish Government guarantee.

These are the first NHT homes to be built in Dumfries.

Mrs Burgess said:

“It is my belief that everyone should live in a comfortable home which doesn’t cost the earth to keep.

“The innovative National Housing Trust initiative is already delivering over 1,000 much-needed homes across Scotland. This deal will deliver close to 70 new homes for Dumfries, secured for very little taxpayers’ money.

“Despite Westminster’s cuts to our capital budget the Scottish Government is doing everything possible to stimulate growth, maximise our investment in housing and deliver on our target of 30,000 new, affordable homes over the lifetime of this Parliament.

“It is a key priority for this government to continue to maximise investment in housing through new funding models.”

Christa Reekie, commercial director for SFT, said:

“This latest contract signing with Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Robertson Group brings the total number of homes so far to be built under the NHT initiative to over 1,000.

“This clearly demonstrates the benefit of bringing the public sector and private sector developers together in a joint venture to build and deliver quality housing for affordable rent for the benefit of local residents.

“Such has been the success of the NHT programme, that SFT is leading the procurement of the next phase 'NHT 2B', which will lead to further contracts signed to build hundreds more homes.”

Chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council's Housing Sub Committee, Councillor Jim McClung, said:

"I am delighted that our participation in the National Housing Trust initiative will deliver 69 much needed affordable homes in Dumfries.

“Our council is committed to pursuing all opportunities to increase the supply of new homes. This innovative project will see our council provide about £6.5m of capital funding to build the homes, which will be repaid over the next few years.

“Currently, we have plans in our Strategic Housing Investment Plan to build over 450 affordable homes and this initiative is an important contribution to our programme."

John Murphy, regional MD for Robertson Homes, said:

“We are proud to be working with the Scottish Government to help meet this significant national milestone.

“Robertson understands the demands of the modern family and the design of these properties uses more than four decades of experience within this sector.

“These are truly affordable homes which are designed with low running costs in mind for tenants, which is a factor that will leave families better off in the long term.”

Notes to editors

More information about the NHT initiative is available at: