FUNDING worth more than £29 million has allocated to six housing developments over the next five years.

During the council meeting on Thursday, November 30, councillors heard that the expected funding from the Scottish Government for housing investment in the Wee County is £29.133 million over the next four years.

A new Housing Need and Demand Assessment is due for completion by the council next year. This will help to drive future policy around delivering new homes in Clackmannanshire.

The planned developments in Clackmannanshire include Lochies Road, Clackmannan; Lower Mill Street, Tillicoultry; Glentana Mill, Alva; Pompee Road, Sauchie; and Carsebridge Road and Englen Drive, both in Alloa.

The council is also looking at a number of other potential sites which could come into play if the priority sites don’t work out.

This shadow programme of sites would ensure plans could continue at pace and be blended into the main programme of developments should extra funding become available.

This approach from the council allows additional flexibility to help ensure that the number of new homes and spend in Clacks is maximised.

The council is also undertaking work with the Integrated Joint Board of the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Health and Social Care Partnership to develop an action plan and create a framework to deliver priority objectives.

These objectives will be used to help meet the needs of older people, those with disabilities, homeless people and those experiencing mental health issues.

Cllr Jane McTaggart, spokesperson for housing and property, said: “The council is seeking to work as flexibly as possible to meet the evolving housing needs of the people of Clackmannanshire, and this plan guides development plans over the next five years that will help to achieve that.

“Plans are underway across Clackmannanshire to help all our communities share in new developments of affordable housing.

“While we continue to deal with the challenges of increasing development costs, a key part of our progress is continuing to work innovatively with our partner Registered Social Landlords to help deliver the homes we need as quickly as possible.”