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Glasgow City Council commits to 25,000 new homes by 2025

August 10 2015

Glasgow City Council commits to 25,000 new homes by 2025
Glasgow City Council has committed itself to constructing 25,000 homes by 2025 in partnership with the public and private sectors as part of its People Make Glasgow Home housing strategy.

This strategy will see council-owned land released for the development of affordable homes as well as self and custom-built housing, additional help for first time buyers seeking mortgages and the conversion of empty shops into housing.

Twenty sites have already been identified in areas including Castlemilk, Drumchapel and Easterhouse in the first year of the programme with the council also piloting private rented sector partnerships.

Priority will also be given to the canal corridor around north Glasgow< South Nitshill, Dalmarnock and Laurieston for the delivery of new homes.

Council leader Gordon Matheson said: “While the under-supply of housing is a national concern, we are determined to ensure Glasgow is at the forefront of tackling the issue, and will consider all feasible options for doing so.”

Housebuilding in Glasgow remains below pre-crash levels with just 1,179 private houses currently under construction in the city; significantly less than the 1,500 built every year in the early to mid-2000’s.

Photograph by Andrew Lee
Private sector housing completions have fallen steadily since 2009
Private sector housing completions have fallen steadily since 2009


#1 Posted by Charlie_ on 10 Aug 2015 at 11:21 AM
The city desperately needs the new housing focused centrally, not in peripheral post war estates which should never have been built in the first place.
#2 Posted by Yaldy on 10 Aug 2015 at 12:30 PM
Interested to see what sites they have marked that are more central to the city. Would love to see some brownfield sites in the town centre/near the river get developed, though I doubt it's realistic to expect that they'd be "affordable". Still, 25,000 is a sh*t tonne of new housing
#3 Posted by Jamie on 10 Aug 2015 at 12:53 PM
Badly needed, not just within Glasgow but across the country
Neil C
#4 Posted by Neil C on 10 Aug 2015 at 17:08 PM
It'd be good to hear more about the specifics of quality/density/brownfield usage, but in principle, this sounds superb. If the buildings get anywhere near the quality of New Laurieston, thousands of families will be moving into genuinely impressive new housing over the next ten years.

I'm particularly pleased about the focus on retail-to-residential, as well. Rebalancing the oversupply of empty shops with the chronic lack of homes is something all councils should be looking into.
#5 Posted by Clive on 11 Aug 2015 at 07:29 AM
this represents 2,500 a year for 10 years, which is a fantastic committment. It's unlikely this will kick off at 2,500 in the first year, as that's a massive standing start. It's going to end up, therefore, closer to 3,00 a year later on. Hopefully the momentum gets going soon, which will be needed to hit the target.
#6 Posted by George on 11 Aug 2015 at 14:41 PM
Great to see a commitment to new housing, but please, please Glasgow City Council can we have quality, long-term, sustainable developments over against box ticking exercises.
Fully agree #4 that developments along the lines of New Laurieston would be gladly welcomed rather than some of the white rendered rubbish that looks terrible after 6 months all in the name of needing to push through numbers, and with no thought to the future.

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