Glasgow scores on affordable housing

Glasgow City Council last year granted more planning consents for affordable housing than any other council in Scotland, new figures have revealed.

It approved the development of 1,170 homes in 2008-09 - 17 per cent of the national total of 6,767. Highland Council had the second highest number with 722, followed by Moray Council with 523.

The homes in Glasgow will be publicly funded, in contrast with the Highlands, where 59 per cent are on land formerly owned by private developers. Councils last year secured total payments of £3.1 million from developers in lieu of affordable housing, with 28 per cent of the sums agreed in Aberdeenshire and 19 per cent in West Lothian.

The figures were released by the chief statistician as the charity Shelter Scotland wrote to MSPs urging them to reverse the Scottish Government's cut in funding for affordable housing. Finance secretary John Swinney announced a cut from £525 million this year to £352 million next year.

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