Continued support for house-building industry and buyers

More than 2,000 households will be able to buy a new build home as the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme is extended by a year to March 2022.

Supported by £55 million of funding for 2021/22, the extension will also help house-builders to ensure their economic recovery over the years ahead.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“A strong and growing house-building industry is vital to Scotland's future economic prosperity – and particularly as we plan our strategic economic recovery from COVID-19. This extension will provide us with the opportunity to reassess future priorities for the market, taking account of economic conditions following the pandemic, as well as providing a helping hand to those seeking to buy their own home.

“Since 2013, the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme has supported people with the purchase of over 17,000 new build homes and in particular supported young people aged 35 and under. Extending this scheme will help more people to buy a new-build property, particularly those who have suffered lower levels of income and have used up savings due to the impact of COVID-19 in recent months.”

Background

The Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme focuses on more affordable housing with a maximum purchase price of £200,000 and with £15 million ring-fenced support for the purchase of homes sold by smaller developers, from a total budget of £55 million. It bridges the gap between lower loan-to-value (LTV) mortgages now obtainable for new builds and the smaller deposits many households now have available to buy a new home.

Over the next two years the funding commitment for Help to Buy (Scotland) is:

  • 2020-21 £50 million
  • 2021-22 £55 million

79% of those supported by the scheme in 2018/19 were young people aged 35 and under.

An independent evaluation of the Scottish Government shared equity schemes, including Help to Buy has been published. This work was undertaken prior to the COVID-19 crisis.

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There has been a major breakthrough for the redevelopment of the former Victoria Road School in Torry, Aberdeen.  Planning permission has been granted by Aberdeen City Council to enable Grampian Housing Association and Torry Development Trust to proceed with this key community regeneration project.

Neil Clapperton chief executive of Grampian Housing Association said:-

“It’s heartening to get such positive news in these difficult times and to know that we are still doing great things for communities in Aberdeen.  Responding to people’s housing and social needs is at the heart of the project.  We will deliver our ambition by continuing to engage with the community to collectively build its future.”  

In an area where there is high demand for affordable homes, the development will provide quality homes for social rent to meet the varying housing needs of families, couples and single people. 

The community regeneration project will see the conversion of two historic granite school buildings along with new build.  Up to 50 affordable homes will be provided, a mix of one, two, three and five bedroom houses and apartments set in a mixed soft and hard landscape.  Multi-purpose community facilities, including a small nursery, will be provided in partnership with Torry Development Trust. 

David Fryer, lead trustee with the Torry Development Trust said:-

"This is most welcome news, as securing planning consent for our regeneration project at Victoria Road is a big step towards restoring the fine granite buildings of old school.  Our joint working has brought in support from across all sectors and will build a long term project that will bring benefits to Torry and Aberdeen as the granite city.”

David Murray, David Murray Associates chartered architects said:-

“It is fitting that this project absolutely meets the Scottish Government’s guidance for communities to be resilient and to take control of their circumstances.  In the spirit of the age, it builds on the new sense of community we are all experiencing.”

In September 2018, Aberdeen City Council announced Grampian Housing Association as the preferred bidder in a partnership project with Torry Development Trust (TDT).  Transfer of ownership of the site was completed in June 2019 when the keys were handed over to the Grampian Housing Association.  The planning application was submitted in November 2019 following a successful consultation period where people indicated their support for the proposals. 

For further information visit www.victoriaroadschool.co.uk

 

We are strictly adhering to the message from the Prime Minister this evening to stay at home to save lives.  As a result, the Aberdeen and Elgin offices are closed with immediate effect.  Regretfully, this means that there will be disruption to services on Tuesday 24 April 2020 while we put the final necessary arrangements in place.  However, please be assured that we have been planning for this situation and with the majority of staff already working from home we should soon be able to respond promptly to your calls again.  In the meantime it would be helpful if you could restrict calls to reporting emergencies.  You can also access our services by emailing info@grampianhousing.co.uk or via this website.  We will also post regular updates on this page and the website. Thank you for your co-operation in these challenging times. 

 

 

Marking the 75th Anniversary of VE Day: due to the public holiday we are closed on Friday 8 May 2020.

To report EMERGENCY REPAIRS ONLY (leaks, power failures, broken windows or lock changes) please phone 0300 123 9279. Heating repairs should be reported direct to Heatcare Oil & Gas on 01343 842042. Thank you.

We will be open again at 9am on Monday 11 May 2020.

We acknowledge the current situation is unsettling and that Covid-19 will have a financial and physical impact on tenants. The information is changing almost daily, but please be assured that Grampian will continue to monitor, share and update tenants as we become aware of the help and support available.

We also have tenancy sustainment services available to help so, in the first instance, we are advising you to let your Housing Officer/Neighbourhood Officer know about any changes in your circumstances as a result of Covid-19.

This link provides helpful guidance from Citizens Advice Scotland and offers information on how to access additional support, including financial assistance from the UK and Scottish Governments for a range of circumstances.

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/?fbclid=IwAR1Mt3i7Z9r1Vg8aKK3azQigavbSnqFCFEdaSe_Py2EbGSg1GuyoKs68j1Q

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