McLeod welcomes house building rise in region

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod has welcomed the publication of figures which show that numbers of new houses completed in the 12 months to September 2014 had risen dramatically.

The figures show that 594 homes were completed over the period, an increase of 397 over the 12 months to September 2013.

During the 12 months to September 2014 construction started on 105 new social sector houses, an increase of 42 on the previous twelve month period.

Aileen said: “These figures are very encouraging and demonstrate a marked increase in the overall rate of house building in the region as well as in the numbers of new starts in social housing. They will provide further encouragement for the region’s house building industry.

“I particularly welcome the increase in the rate of new starts for social housing, which remains very much in demand in Dumfries & Galloway. In spite of the severe pressure on capital budgets the Scottish Government has continued investing in providing affordable housing, often through innovative programmes such as the National Housing Trust to stretch available finances further.

“I recognise there is still work to be done to provide more affordable housing but these figures clearly demonstrate the Scottish Government is delivering on its commitments on house building.”