The Scottish Government has a target to deliver 50,000 new homes during this Parliament, of these, 35,000 will be for social housing. With an increase in the subsidy grant available, Barrhead HA is exploring options to provide more affordable homes in the area. Such plans are incorporated into the East Renfrewshire Council’s strategic programme for delivering more affordable homes across the area.
New building housing – update September 2017
NEILSTON – Kirkstyle Lane/Pigs Square – on hold
The Association has been working with the Council and the Scottish Government on the examination of this site for development. A planning application was submitted to East Renfrewshire Council in July 2017, however the Council has decided to halt this development. Discussions are on-going.
BARRHEAD – Walton street – the Association is also at early stages of discussion with regard to a possible development of 32 properties on this privately owned site. More information will be made available in due course.
Strategic Housing Investment Plan for East Renfrewshire – this is prepared by East Renfrewshire Council in consultation with local developers and approved by Council’s Cabinet before submission to the Scottish Government. Essentially it represents a bid for funding and allows the Scottish Government to agree a funding programme for the area. The SHIP is currently out to consultation. Barrhead HA will be submitting proposals for more much needed affordable housing in the area.
NEW HOMES DELIVERED IN BARRHEAD, MARCH 2016
Barrhead Housing Association celebrated the opening of 15 new homes in Rankin Court, Barrhead on 15th March 2016. The £1.6m development was formally opened by Margaret Burgess, MSP and at that time Minister for Housing and Welfare. On the site of the former St John’s primary school, the land was successfully transferred from East Renfrewshire Council early last year to allow for the demolition of the existing building. The developer, McTaggart Construction, commenced on-site last April 2015.
The Association received funding of £837,000 from the Scottish Government to complete the site. Development agency services were provided by Atrium Homes based in Kilmarnock and the design team was led by Robert Potter Architects from their Ayr office.
New tenant Mary McDade said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted with my new home – it’s just lovely. It will be easy to heat and there is space for everything I need. Thanks to the Association’.