MORE than 1,000 high-quality, affordable homes are set to be developed across Renfrewshire over the next five years.

Renfrewshire Council has unveiled its Strategic Housing Investment Plan which will aim to deliver an average of 200 homes per year and will include a mix of council and housing association properties.

As well as new housing for social rent, a mix of options are also being developed including homes specifically for older people, families and those with additional needs plus homes which are available to buy at below market prices.

More than 200 of the homes are set to be developed in Renfrew, including 137 in the town’s Andrew Avenue which will be available for social rent.

The first phase of that development, comprising 77 homes, will be complete by the end of this year while the second phase of 60 homes is due to finish at the end of 2018.

Meanwhile, 67 homes will also be developed in the town’s Inchinnan Avenue by early next year.

Construction work is due to start on two council projects in Spring 2018, where around 95 new homes will be built as part of the regeneration of Johnstone Castle, and 80 new homes at Dargavel Village in Bishopton.

Work is also underway in Love Street, in Paisley, where Sanctuary Scotland is developing 132 new homes for social rent, low-cost home ownership and private sector sale.

There are also plans for a development of 26 flats by Link Group in Smithills Street, 24 flats for older people and social rent in Seedhill Road and dozens more properties as part of the Paisley West End Regeneration plan, which seeks to transform the Well Street area.

Cllr Marie McGurk, convener of the council’s communities, housing and planning policy board, said: “Good quality, energy efficient, affordable housing helps to improve people’s quality of life. Renfrewshire Council is committed to providing high-calibre homes that people can afford to rent and buy.

“The Strategic Housing Investment Plan isn’t just about building more and more houses. It is about creating homes people want to live in, in places where they want to live.

“There is a demand for affordable homes for older people, families and those with additional needs. We’re expanding the supply of homes that are the right type, the right size and in the right place to meet the needs of people in Renfrewshire.”

Williamsburgh Housing Association is also still considering future options for a development of 18 one and two-bedroom homes in Milliken Road, Kilbarchan, after planning permission was refused and an appeal dismissed this year.

And Paisley Housing Association is progressing plans for comprehensive improvement at Orchard Street and Causeyside Street following the designation of a Housing Renewal Area earlier this year.