Summit aimed at building new homes in South Ayrshire

A housing summit, aimed at exploring new and innovative ways of building new houses in South Ayrshire has received a positive reception from over 20 sector leaders who attended.

House builders, planners, representative bodies, housing associations, local politicians and officials, community planning partners and a representative of the Scottish Government all came along to the event to consider ideas for partnership working to maximise building opportunities.

The Summit also considered how the Council might work differently with other sectors, including the private sector, to expand on the multi-million pound investment the local authority is already making in public housing up to 2018 and beyond.

Councillor McIntosh said: “Meeting housing need in our area as the economy and financial outlook becomes increasingly challenging is a key priority for us and is something we will be exploring vigorously with key partners.

“We’re determined to provide high-quality, affordable and flexible homes for families in South Ayrshire as a key part of driving wealth creation and employment opportunities for our residents.

“The summit offered an excellent way for different parties to come forward and put their ideas, plans and ambitions on the table in order to look at future demand and how best we can all meet the diverse needs of the community.

“I am pleased that the positive outcome from this initial event has created a desire among the delegates for further joint work to be explored and I’m confident we will be able to build on this superb first step with another similar summit very soon.”