AYRSHIRE is set for a housing boom after council plans are on target to deliver new affordable housing across the area with more than a £62.5 million injection.

The initiative sees South Ayrshire Council working with partners to deliver approximately 1,000 new and affordable homes across South Ayrshire by 2021.

The Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) indicates that Scottish Government funding of around £62.5 million for 2019-2023, will be used along with Council and private sector funding to complete the ambitious housing programme in the area.

The council have reported that by the end of March 2019, 231 high quality and affordable housing will have been built by the council and partners with even more energy efficient accommodation set to appear across Ayrshire.

The scheme will be targeting a host of high demand areas such as Prestwick and Troon but also a variety of rural locations.

The Council and Registered Social Land lords have vouched their commitments to continuing work with a variety of partners such as the Health and Social Care Partnership to ensure affordable housing caters for everybody.

Individuals with such things as learning disabilities. mental health issues and people leaving the care centre will all be accommodated appropriately.

Other priorities for new and refurbished housing, includes helping tenants to reduce their energy bills through the use of energy efficient cladding and insulation.

Councillor Philip Saxton, Housing and Community Wellbeing Portfolio Holder explained that meeting the needs of tenants is a top priority and is confident the scheme will be completed by 2021.

He said: "We are continuing to work with our partners to provide quality homes across South Ayrshire that meet the needs of tenants. This investment is not just in our towns, we are actively engaging with rural communities to assess their housing needs as well.

"We were recently recognised by the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership for our work to buyback ex Council houses, so they could be refurbished for existing tenants, so it's also about making the best use of existing housing stock too. I am confident we will meet this challenging target by 2021."