Wheatley Homes South, the region’s largest social housing provider, has signed a milestone agreement with Dumfries and Galloway Council.
The new strategic agreement, which runs until 2028, will see the two organisations work closely to build new homes and deliver better services to communities.
The partnership recognises the roles of the council and Wheatley Homes South in delivering housing, regeneration, care and support to the most vulnerable, driving carbon reduction and contributing to social, economic and other objectives, including tackling homelessness.
The agreement was signed by the new chair of Wheatley Homes South, Jo Boaden CBE, and Dumfries and Galloway Council Convenor Councillor Malcolm Johnstone at the council chambers in Dumfries.
Jo Boaden, Wheatley Homes South Chair, said: “This agreement is a testament to our commitment to working with partners across the region to deliver the homes and services people need.
“We know there is a high demand for affordable housing in Dumfries and Galloway, and this will help us to build more homes in the region. We will also work with the Council to support the local economy and continue to provide support services to residents.
“This new agreement is about creating better homes, better lives and a better future for our tenants across Dumfries and Galloway.”
Councillor Malcolm Johnstone, Convenor of Dumfries and Galloway Council said: “I was delighted to pay a visit to the site on the day and see for myself what fantastic homes Wheatley are providing. Safe, modern, fit for purpose houses for local families.
“There is also the economic benefit of delivering new affordable housing, as it has the additional bonus of enabling construction workers to gain secure employment or training opportunities in the building sector. I was particularly impressed with Wheatley’s use of local contractors. Where possible with these schemes, we must endeavour to keep our region’s businesses and workers as included as we can.
“In addition, there are clear links between good housing and improved health, and I am pleased to be able to sign this new agreement which helps steer the path to sustainable homes for the future. “
Following the signing, Wheatley Group Chief Executive Steven Henderson and Wheatley Group Chair Jo Armstrong joined officials to visit Summerhill to find out more about the community-led regeneration before making a trip to the new-build development at the former Curries yard in Heathhall.
Ambitious plans by Wheatley Homes South will see 800 new homes for social rent built across Dumfries and Galloway.
Since 2019, the local economy has been boosted by £40 million thanks to the large investment programme being carried out by the social landlord.