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 April 2019
Neilston Road – working in partnership with Taylor Wimpey, the Association has approval to provide 12 new affordable home for renting on this site – a combination of 2 and 3 bedroomed homes – and work is due to commence in June 2019 with site delivery hopefully by March 2020.
BARRHEAD – Walton street – the Association is continuing to have discussions with regard to a development of one privately owned site here for affordable housing. Discussions have focused around the need to consider the re-alignment of the Levern Water at this bend which have caused delays to this site being progressed. This is a prime central site for new housing and given it’s accessibility and the demand from our waiting list, we are looking at housing that supports our elderly population as well as wheelchair accommodation and some general needs housing.
Barrhead South Masterplan – Barrhead HA are working with developers Avant and Taylor Wimpey to provide social rented housing in two sites at the tope end of Auchenback.
Barrhead Blackbyers/Grahamston Road – Barrhead HA has also now earmarked 10 new homes within Blackbyers Road; a partnership with Bellway Homes within their second phase.
Barrhead Dealston Road – a planning application has also been submitted for the development of this site and 8 units have been earmarked for affordable rented homes – this is at an early stage.
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 for November 2018 has now been approved by the Council for submission to the Scottish Government and confirms an ambitious programme of new homes for the local authority area. Barrhead HA has been identified as a key partner to deliver this programme of new homes to the area.
Barrhead HA last development site – Rankin Court opened 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’.