Affordable housing developer contributions – commuted sum

Our Housing Strategy Team has published the annual update of commuted sums for each Housing Market Area (HMA).

Many housing sites have a requirement to provide 25% of the unit total as affordable housing. Instead of providing that housing onsite, where agreed, developers can pay a commuted sum instead.

How much a developer has to pay in lieu of providing a unit onsite is assessed by the District Valuer and is updated on a yearly basis.

You can view these updated values as well as further explanation at our webpage.

If you want to raise a dispute about the published assumptions, please email Affordable Housing Team within six weeks of the date of publication.

Make the Call – Prevent Fires – Save Lives

Make the Call is an appeal to carers, family and friends of people at risk of serious injury or even death because of an accidental fire in their home.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is now appealing to communities across Scotland to help save a life and consider home fire safety when checking in on vulnerable neighbours, patients, friends and family and to put them in touch with SFRS wherever possible using the free Home Fire Safety Visit phoneline.

Contact SFRS:

 0800 0731 999  | Text “FIRE” to 80800 from your mobile phone

Private Landlords: Landlord Accreditation Scotland training webinars

Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS) is a voluntary scheme which helps landlords assure tenants that the tenancy arrangement they have adheres to the high standards as outlined in the Scottish Core Standards for Accredited Landlords. It is also a means quality landlords operating within these standards receive the recognition and support they deserve.

The standards were designed to be reasonable and realistic; landlords who already carry out good management practices will find themselves well on the way to achieving them. Once accredited, you are required to attend one of the LAS Core Standards training session annually.  Courses are available around the country throughout the year.

How to become and Accredited Landlord Today?

You can apply to become an accredited Landlord by completing the online form here or by requesting an application form from the LAS office.

Next Training Webinars

LAS continue to host training webinars to ensure landlords can hear how they can continue to manage their tenancies using best practice guidelines.  The next webinars to be held will be: 

Review of Angus Health & Social Care Strategic Commissioning Plan

The Angus Health and Social Care Partnership is reviewing its Strategic Commissioning Plan 2019-2022. This plan describes the way that adult health and social care services are delivered in Angus. Due to a number of factors that have recently impacted on the health and social care sector, the current plan has been extended and a new plan for the 2023 – 26 period is now being developed which will take effect from April 2023.

They are inviting residents in Angus to complete a survey to capture what is important to them and whether they agree with the existing vision and priorities. There is still time to complete the survey and your feedback will help to inform the priorities of the Angus HSCP 2023-26.

Please give your view by completing the Survey

The closing date for responses is Friday 16 September 2022

For more information you can visit the Angus Health and Social Care Partnership website.

Arbroath Townhead Garden Project

Two sites within the Townhead Road and Noran Avenue areas have been transformed and brought back into use after recent partnership working between the local community and the Rotary Club of Arbroath. The areas were previously derelict, and substantial hardscaping work has been done. The community groups continue to seek volunteers to help with the remaining work. Planting is about to begin and the site will be accessible to the community to use. A polytunnel is now in place to allow planting for use within the garden.

The current participating residents and members of the Rotary Club are shown in the photos following the handover of the site on Friday 26 August 2022. We donated the land for use by the groups and our Communities team has been providing ongoing hep with the project and we’ll continue to support the community as the work progresses.

Improvements to shared equity housing scheme

Veterans and disabled people among those to benefit from the scheme

Changes to the Scottish Government’s open market shared equity scheme will mean disabled people, first-time buyers and others on low to medium incomes will have an increased opportunity to buy a home that meets their needs.

Now, the threshold of the Open Market Shared Equity Scheme (OMSE scheme)– which allows people to buy a home without having to fund its entire cost – has been raised by 9% across the country to reflect rising house prices. The scheme is aimed at priority groups who need support to buy their own home.

The OMSE scheme is available across Scotland. It’s open to first-time buyers and these priority access groups:

· people aged 60 and over

· social renters (people who rent from the council or a housing association)

· disabled people

· members of the armed forces

· veterans who have left the armed forces within the past two years

· widows, widowers and other partners of service personnel for up to two years after their partner has lost their life while serving.

Applicants will also be able to make offers on properties above the formal valuation amount, where they have funds available. People who have an application in progress do not need to reapply to benefit from the changes.

For more information see the Government website.

£1.4 million housing development at Montrose’s Coronation Gardens

Residents of Coronation Gardens were greeted by Angus Councillors and Officers in Montrose as they moved into their new homes at Coronation Gardens.

Representing a £1.4 million investment in council housing, the development makes use of vacant land at Forties Road that was part of Rosehill Resource Centre.

The brand new homes help to meet demand for one-bedroom and family housing in the town, offering a mix of new one, two and three bedroom homes. They benefit from very high levels of energy efficiency, helping to keep tenants’ fuel bills as low as possible during the ongoing cost of living crisis.

Our Communities Convener Mark McDonald, who visited the project earlier this week, said: “It is a pleasure to see another new development being delivered that provides high quality homes and spaces for our citizens here in Angus. These properties will provide affordable housing for people and families for many years to come.”

Cllr McDonald was joined by Montrose councillors Bill Duff and Kenny Braes in welcoming new residents Donna Melrose, Andy Lovelock and Gerda McCurrach, as well as Housing Service Leader, John Morrow, and Claire Greenhill, Reagan McIntosh and Kimberley Shepherd of the Community Housing Team for Montrose/Brechin).

The new homes are available through Angus HomeFinder, our choice-based lettings system that allows applicants to bid on their preferred properties and which are allocated based on housing need.

The Coronation Gardens development, which has been delivered over the challenging period of the pandemic, has been funded jointly by Angus Council and the Scottish Government through their Affordable Housing Supply Programme.

The new homes are a part of our Strategic Housing Investment Plan that aims to deliver up to 775 new affordable units over five years.

Staff Shortages at Community Housing Teams

Arbroath, Forfar and Montrose Community Housing Teams currently have staff shortages which include staff sickness and annual leave.

We will try to respond to customers as quickly as we can and ask that any contact is made using ACCESSLine so that your enquiry can be directed accordingly.

We will deal with all non-emergency enquiries in date order, you do not need to call back.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and ask that you please bear with us as these shortages are outwith our control.

We thank everyone for their patience and understanding.

Housing Repairs Service – outgoing contractor repairs in Montrose, Brechin, Forfar and Kirriemuir

We are aware that a number of tenants in Montrose, Brechin, Forfar and Kirriemuir areas are waiting for incomplete repairs to be carried out in their homes. We are continuing to make sure that the outgoing contractor, MPS Ltd, fulfills their contractual duty by completing them.

If you have concerns about work quality or timescales, please contact us at  oustandinghousingrepairs@angus.gov.uk with the following details, and we will investigate and action this for you.

•          Name

•          Address

•          Date repair was reported (if you have this)

•          Details of the repair reported.

•          Contact email address and telephone number

Any work that MPS Ltd is unable to complete will be reallocated to another contractor by our officer dealing with the backlog.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the recent repairs disruption and would assure you we will try to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.

Please report all new repairs to the ACCESSLine on 03452 777 778. These will be carried outby the replacement repairs contractor for Montrose, Brechin, Forfar and Kirriemuir – QAPM.