Developers have made their bids for a share of almost £10 million to build almost 250 affordable homes in Aberdeenshire.
As part of the Aberdeen City Region Deal it was announced a £20m housing infrastructure fund would be made available to support the delivery of affordable housing in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Five expressions of interest have been submitted from developers and social housing providers in Aberdeenshire totalling £9.7m.
Scotia has requested £7,724,000 to build 160 houses in Ellon, Castlehill wants to build 50 homes in Balmedie, costing £500,000 and 32 at Mintlaw worth £400,000.
DLB Scotland has requested £960,000 to build six units in Auchenblae while Goldcrest Highland has asked for £200,000 for one house in Kirkton of Maryculter.
In a report to Aberdeenshire Council’s social work and housing committee it states: “The Scottish Government will administer the fund and approve any applications.
“Local authorities are expected to come forward with potential sites that align with the priorities identified in the strategic housing investment plans.
“Expressions of interest in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire are to be reported through the Aberdeen City Region Deal Joint Committee.
“The two strategic housing investment plans should help to inform the joint committee to prioritise projects should the fund become over-subscribed.”
It is expected that any projects will start on site by 2019 with affordable housing delivered by 2021.
The fund has become a ring-fenced element of the national £50m fund which was announced by the Scottish Government in June 2016.
The report adds: “It is available either as loan to private developers or as grant to local authorities or registered social landlords.
“The fund will not support the provision of community infrastructure required as a consequence of new housing development such as funding for schools.”
Works which can be funded include physical infrastructure to start a project such as roads, sewers and demolition works.