West Lothian tops the table to council house building

Council new build homes at Little Boghead, Bathgate
Council new build homes at Little Boghead, Bathgate

West Lothian Council is building more council homes than any other Scottish council, according to new national figures.

And it’s the second year in a row that the council has been named number one in Scotland for new build completions, adding to their housing stock and reducing waiting lists.

The data was released by the Scottish Government, which compiled a list of all new council homes being built across all of the 32 Scottish councils.

To date, based on 2014 figures, 744 new council homes have been completed in West Lothian.

When the ongoing development at Little Boghead in Bathgate is completed in the spring of next year, the total will rise to 800. 

The council has plans to build a further 1000 new homes by 2017 with each council ward seeing developments commencing to help those most in need.

Building new homes is just one element to the council’s new build council housing programme.

There are a number of strands including training and employment opportunities for local people.

George Paul, executive councillor for services for the community, said: “We are delighted that West Lothian Council has, yet again, been named number one in Scotland for the number of new council homes completed.

“When you compare the amount of new council homes being built by other local authorities the figures are really something to be proud of.

“However, we know that affordable accommodation is in short supply across the country and that is why we are committed to improving the availability of council properties in West Lothian.

“What is also pleasing is the opportunity for local businesses, and for local people to benefit from training and employment opportunities. And many local firms are involved in supplying materials and services for the new homes.

“With an additional 1000 being built by 2017, we expect West Lothian to continue to be one of, if not the top, performing councils for new build completions in the years ahead.”

Numbers in neighbouring councils are: Falkirk 120; North Lanarkshire 251; City of Edinburgh 67; East Lothian 433; and Mid Lothian 554.