Ministerial Visit to NHT Kingswells.

Ministerial visit to NHT Kingswells
Ministerial visit to NHT Kingswells

November 2012

During a recent visit to Aberdeen Margaret Burgess MSP and Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Welfare officially opened the new NHT housing development in Kingswells.

The National Housing Trust Initiative (NHT) was set up by the Government as a new approach to delivering affordable housing by the Scottish Futures Trust in 2010. The development in Kingswells, built by Stewart Milne Homes and supported by Aberdeen City Council, comprises 4 x 1 bedroom houses and 12 x 2 bedroom houses providing much needed new affordable housing at mid-market rent level. The properties are let and managed by Aberdeenshire Housing Partnership (AHP) through its subsidiary AHPD Ltd.

During the visit Margaret Burgess, accompanied by John Low, Managing Director - Stewart Milne Homes, Pete Leonard, Director of Housing and Environment - Aberdeen City Council, Mike Scott, Chairman - AHP and Colin Hawkins, Chief Executive - AHP, were invited into the new home of delighted tenant Mrs Stella Marshall. Stella relocated to Aberdeen from Edinburgh, following the death of her son and husband, to be nearer her family.

Prior to being allocated her NHT home Stella applied to Aberdeen City Council for housing but was finding it difficult to secure a home which she needed to look for employment in Aberdeen. The scheme provided the ideal opportunity in terms of affordability and location.

Stella loves her new home and nice neighbours. The fact that she is now so close to her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren has given her a new lease of life. The NHT scheme has provided a real and effective solution to meeting Stella’s needs and support requirements.

More developments of this type are being planned in Aberdeen City, with the next scheduled to be let, in Cove, in early summer next year. Further details will be on AHP’s website soon or alternatively anyone interested can telephone AHP’s office to request an application form.

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