More one-bedroom homes for Arbroath

Building is underway at our new housing development in Mayfield Terrace, Arbroath,which will have 14 one-bedroom flats for affordable rent.

The new flats will help to meet rising demand for one bedroom properties in Arbroath and Angus and forms the missing piece of the jigsaw in Arbroath’s Cliffburn area which has undergone comprehensive regeneration in recent years.

Seven brand new ground floor properties will provide specialist housing for older or disabled residents. This will help to deliver on our Local Housing Strategy commitment of 20% of new-build affordable housing for households with particular needs.

Our Convener of Communities, Cllr Mark Salmond said: “I am delighted that we are building these much-needed flats in Arbroath. They represent the culmination of widescale improvements delivered by the Council to revitalise the Cliffburn area.

“I’m especially pleased that half of these sought after flats will be suitable for people with particular needs. The demand for one-bedroom affordable homes continues to grow, so it is important that we make suitable provision for people who not only need smaller properties, but who may also have mobility challenges.”

The £2m development is funded by our Housing Revenue Account with a contribution from the Scottish Government through their Affordable Housing Supply Programme.

CHAP Construction is building our new flats, with anticipated completion by the end of 2021.

Projected Aerial views:

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Angus HomeFinder – See available properties on Fridays

From Friday 27 November you will be able to see available properties on our new Angus Homefinder website and bid for the home you want.

This is the last stage of our move to Choice Based Lettings.

By ‘bid’ we don’t mean any exchange of money – it simply means you can apply for a property by making an ‘expression of interest’. Both ours and housing association properties will go online each week.

The bidding cycle starts on a Friday morning and ends a week later – at midnight the following Friday. It doesn’t matter when you place your bid in that week-long period, as all bids will be ranked according to priority and date of application.

Not all properties will be advertised. For example, if you have a need for particular housing with adaptations or specialist housing support, you will not be expected to bid. We will contact you as normal when a suitable property becomes available. If you are in this category you will have a household type of Match.

How to bid

You can view and bid for properties on the Angus HomeFinder website.

Once you have logged in, you will only see properties that you can bid for. You can also check your bid position and change your bids at any time during the bidding cycle.

There may be some weeks when there are no properties for you to bid on and this could be because:

  • there are no properties with the right number of bedrooms for your household.
  • your application is suspended as you have been shortlisted for another property.
  • your application has been cancelled as you no longer qualify.

We recommend logging into the site regularly to check the status of your bids and the availability of properties. Your bid position will show under the “previous bids” heading. If your bid is successful, we will contact you with a permanent offer of housing.

Please do not contact us to ask about the outcome of your bids.

Placing your bid

We ask that you familiarise yourself with any property before you bid, as bidding means you are willing to accept the property if it is offered to you. We aim to show photographs of all properties, inside and outside, wherever possible, and give you as much information about the property as we can.

Being flexible can help you to get housed. Our choice-based letting system is designed to make the process as straightforward as possible and to house as many people as we can. This won’t work if successful bidders refuse properties.

An application may be suspended from the housing register where two reasonable offers of housing are refused and the applicant will be unable to make any further bids for six months. If you have a priority banding because you are homeless and you refuse one reasonable offer of housing, your priority banding will be removed.

The chance of your bid succeeding

The chance of a successful bid depends on several factors. It is possible you may wait a significant length of time for a bid to be successful or you may be successful the first time you bid.

When you bid for a property:

  • the system will tell you your bid position for that property.
  • your position may change as other people bid for the same property after you.
  • you will have the option to withdraw a bid before the bid cycle closes.

What if you can’t bid?

If you are not able to bid, we can support you, but first please see whether family members or friends might be able to help. You can even nominate someone to bid on your behalf.

We know some applicants may not be able to get on the internet or may have other challenges that prevent them from bidding. In such instances, we may be able to place bids on your behalf or look at automatic bidding alternatives. These would enable Homefinder to bid for properties based on the preferences you chose when you joined the Housing Register.

Please bear in mind, if you refuse reasonable offers, your application could be suspended.

You can get more information and advice at the Angus HomeFinder website.


 

Angus Food Growing Survey

Under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 we must prepare a Food Growing Strategy that identifies potentially suitable land for allotments and other food growing areas.

The Angus Food Growing Strategy gives the opportunity to link together different groups of people with an interest in growing and provide a framework for a joined-up approach to encourage an increase in food growing spaces across Angus.

The current pandemic has meant more of us are spending time at home with many spending more time enjoying outdoor spaces and gardens, growing flowers, planting and cultivating fruit, vegetables, and herbs, some for the first time.

Your opinion on this is important. Whether you already grow your own fruit and veg, have always wanted to but don’t know how, or have never considered it, we’d like to hear from you.

Help us shape the Angus strategy, by taking part in a short community survey.

The survey will close on 13 December 2020

Note: please use Google Chrome to access the survey

More affordable homes for Monifieth

In the latest part of our determination to make the local housing market as accessible as possible for home seekers, 22 affordable homes will be built at Victoria Grange in Monifieth.

Taylor Wimpey East Scotland is building 12 two-bedroomed homes and 10 three-bedroomed homes in partnership with us as part of our new supply shared equity scheme. Work is expected to complete in summer 2021.

The 22 homes form the final tranche of affordable housing on the development, which includes a range of two-bedroomed mid-terrace and semi-detached houses, as well as three-bedroomed terraced and semi-detached homes across four locations, including three Angus Housing Association sites. This exciting development will form an integral part of the new neighbourhood at Victoria Grange in Monifieth.

Taylor Wimpey has designed and created an affordable housing range that has allowed its team to work closely with us and our Housing Association partners to create affordable homes with a mix of tenures. On completion, this project will have delivered 84 affordable homes for Angus residents.

Our Communities Convener, Cllr Mark Salmond said: “We are delighted to be delivering new properties in partnership with Taylor Wimpey that will be made available through Angus Council’s new supply shared equity scheme in the summer of 2021.

“Low Cost Home Ownership is a crucial component in our commitment to increase the supply of affordable housing in Angus and will supplement the social housing already delivered on this site. We will help to sustain our local communities by providing a range of routes into home ownership for those people on more modest incomes.”

Pauline Mills, Land and Planning Director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, said: “Reaching the conclusion of this agreement for Victoria Grange marks another milestone on the journey towards completing the new community that’s growing at this established development in Monifieth.


“We’ll continue to work closely with Angus Council in order to complete the final 22 affordable homes by summer next year, in turn allowing the local community to reap the benefits of our long-term investment in the area.”

Applications for this scheme are not being accepted yet but should be in early 2021, with the properties due for completion by around August 2021 (subject to delay).

Further information, including how to apply, will follow in due course. Please go to the Monifieth, The Grange dedicated pages on our website for more information and qualifying criteria or email grange@angus.gov.uk.

How We Did Last Year -Charter Report Card

Each year we provide a wide range of information about Housing performance to the Scottish Housing Regulator for the Scottish Social Housing Charter.

We have prepared our latest Charter Report Card working in partnership with our Tenants Steering Group, and the information is grouped into the areas which are contained in the Charter. This year we have been unable to consult with our tenant representatives in person, but they have contributed digitally to the design of our report card, and we thank them for their involvement.

The Report Card is available online and shows what performance our tenants think is most important.

We haven’t included details on all the Charter outcomes and indicators but you can find these on the Scottish Housing Regulator’s website

New Angus energy efficiency improvement project

We are pleased to announce a new energy efficiency improvement project in partnership with SCARF and two contractors for improvement works in Angus: Qualis Scotland Ltd and Diversity Energy Solutions.

This a pilot project aimed at specific areas in Angus to tackle fuel poverty and energy inefficiency in private sector housing. Households in certain areas of Angus will receive letters inviting them for a free survey of their property to help improve the energy efficiency of the home and reduce energy bills.

The survey will identify what suitable energy efficiency improvements could be made. Throughout the process, the contractors will give advice relating to potential measures and timescales involved. In most cases, the improvement works will be fully funded.

Representatives from the contractors will always carry photo identification and a copy of the letter issued to the household, so remember to request ID badges.

If you receive a letter from one of the contractors, please do not contact us but instead follow the instructions either to proceed with a survey or opt-out. You can contact SCARF or the contractor for further information.

Our new housing allocation system is now live

Our new housing allocation system – Angus Homefinder – is now live. You can now apply for housing online using our new system here.

Existing applicants do not have to do anything – we’ve transferred over all your details to our new system. To check your application details or make changes, click here.

We will advertise available homes and their details on the Angus Homefinder website starting Friday 27th November, so applicants can bid for the properties they want. We’ll issue more information about how to bid nearer the time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What documents do I need to apply for a house?

Accepted Proof of ID:

  • Birth certificate, passport or National Insurance Card.

Accepted Proof of Address may include, but not limited to:

  • official letters/bills/statements from a local authority, public agency or private utility company (gas, electric, telephone), government department, private sector lease, bank or building society;
  • photographic driving licence

What is my position on the waiting list?

We want people to have more choice about where they live. We will advertise a property and applicants will be able to bid for it. Because allocations will depend on who bids for a property, we will no longer be able to advise your position on the list. However, you will be able to see the number of bids made for each property.

Fewer bids will mean you have a better chance of getting a similar property.

More bids will mean you have less chance of getting a similar property.

We’ll allocate properties by priority banding and the date of application.

What if I have a problem?

You can contact us using our online form or call us on ACCESSLine 03452 777778, but if you call, please be aware that our team is very busy as you would expect on Day 1 of the new system and you may have a bit of a wait.

 (This is an update to the post published this morning. We’ve had some teething problems, but they’re ironed out now – thanks for bearing with us)

Planning approval granted for affordable housing scheme in Montrose

We are pleased to have planning approval to build 10 new affordable houses for rent in Montrose.

Situated on land previously used by the Rosehill Resource Centre, this new project in Coronation Way will be another valuable addition to social rented accommodation in Montrose. This project is partly funded by the Scottish Government.

Our Convener of Communities, Cllr Mark Salmond said:

I am delighted we have secured planning permission to build 10 high-quality affordable homes at Coronation Avenue. This new development will increase the stock of council housing in the area at a time when the demand for affordable homes continues to be high.

The site, which will comprise of a mix of one, two and three-bedroom properties, will have its own access from Forties Road. Not only will these new spacious homes provide families with safe, secure tenancies, they will be low-cost to heat and run, thanks to high levels of energy efficiency built in to the design.

The development will fit in to its surroundings by incorporating sympathetic design features such as part brick boundary facings, and wildflower meadows along the roadside. Existing trees on the site will be retained where possible, with additional native species being planted too.

Angus Homefinder Goes Live on 11/11

We’ve fixed the technical problems that led to us having to delay the start of our new Choice Based Lettings system, so we’re now delighted to announce it will go live on Wednesday 11 November.

On that date, new applicants will be able to apply to join our Housing Register. We’ve already added existing applicants and sent login instructions by letter.

Check back next week to get the link for the new system and any other information you might need to get your application online.

Choice Based Lettings System delayed

 

Due to technical issues beyond our control, we are unable to launch our Choice Based Lettings System as scheduled today.

We are working to resolve this matter as quickly as possible and will provide further updates as soon as they are available.

Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Further Council and social housing information and advice is available here and on this blog.