New affordable homes in the Scottish Borders could exceed 1,000

A five-year housing plan for the Borders could see up to 1,177 affordable homes being built.

The Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) covers the period from 2018 to 2023 and looks at local need.

The estimate of more than 1,000 homes is based on anticipated funding and assumes "all land and infrastructure challenges" can be resolved.

Mark Rowley, of Scottish Borders Council, said the "ambitious plan" could help meet local housing needs.

"Clearly house-building of this scale would also have a very positive impact on the local construction sector, and in turn on jobs and the wider economy," he said.

"The end result would provide local people with homes in Borders communities, enabling them to live and work locally.

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