Following UK housing minister Brandon Lewis’s comments recently, that the government was aspiring to build one million new homes in England by 2020, Philip Hogg, chief executive of industry body Homes for Scotland, has urged the Holyrood administration to provide support to tackle housing crisis north of the border.
Hogg said: “With the number of new homes built north of the border having fallen by 40% since 2007, Scotland faces the same challenges as those being highlighted in England. As numerous reports have identified, hundreds of thousands of new homes are needed here over the next 20 years to meet the diverse housing needs of our growing population.
“Achieving this, however, requires the necessary support to be in place to increase delivery across all tenures. Crucial, for example, is an efficient and responsive planning system which facilitates housing delivery. Whilst this is being considered by the recently announced independent panel undertaking a ‘root and branch’ review, time really is of the essence in this regard.
“We also still await the detail on the £195m successor to the hugely successful Help to Buy (Scotland) shared equity scheme which is essential to builders’ forward planning and investment decision-making.”
Glenesk in Lasswade (Miller Homes)
The housebuilder launched this collection of apartments, terraced, semi and detached homes earlier in September, with 31 properties on offer in all.
The properties lie in a unique location surrounded by stunning fully grown trees, set to the backdrop of a beautiful Victorian viaduct over the North Esk River, just one-and-a-half miles from the Edinburgh City Bypass and two-and-a-half miles from the new Eskbank station on the Borders Railway line. Many of the homes come with a view of the river and viaduct.
The range of properties is impressive, from a two-bedroom ‘Esk’ apartment to a five-bedroom ‘Leader’ detached executive house.
Neil Gaffney, Scotland area sales and marketing director at Miller Homes, says: “Anyone who’s interested can check out the four-bedroom ‘Douglas’ show home at our Glendevon Gate development or the five-bedroom ‘Chichester’ show home at Peebles Gait and the three-bedroom ‘Munro’ at Roselea, to get a feel for what the homes at Glenesk will be like.”
Find out more at www.millerhomes.co.uk ; 03334 146561
Ashgrove Fields in Loanhead (Taylor Wimpey)
Not one, but two new four-bedroom show homes were unveiled recently at this development – the ‘Geddes’ and the ‘Stewart’, each professionally decorated to inspire visiting house-hunters, who can see the site from Thursday to Monday, 11.00am to 5.30pm.
Located off Edgefield Relief Road, Ashgrove Fields comprises 115 homes with an interesting mix of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes which balance quiet village life with the convenience of easy access to the Edinburgh City Bypass and the city centre.
Locally there are good shops and amenities, and nearby Straiton Retail Park offers big-brand retailers and supermarkets. A good mix of primary and secondary education makes this development a popular choice with families.
Karen Armstrong, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey East Scotland says: “When you also consider the impressive array of local sporting facilities such as Loanhead Leisure Centre, the choice of golf courses as well as the range of woodland walks in Bilston Woods or the tranquillity of Straiton Pond nature reserve this development is a great place to call home.”
Price: From £263,000
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 0131 603 5508
Fairley Grove in Kingswells, Aberdeen (Dandara)
Just a short walk from the Prime Four Business Park and Kingswells Park & Ride, Fairley Grove is a development of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes situated only minutes from the centre of Kingswells and just under six miles from Aberdeen city centre.
Each new home features a German-designed kitchen with luxurious stone worktops and quality appliances, together with contemporary bathrooms and en suites. The three-and four-bedroom houses also have built-in wardrobes to their master bedrooms.
This popular suburb is only six miles from Aberdeen airport and has a wide range of schools and amenities within easy reach, backing its appeal to a wide range of homebuyers.
Find out more at www.dandara.com ; 01224 719900
Dykes of Gray in Dundee (Springfield)
This new range of two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes are spacious and make great use of natural light. A clean, crisp architectural design with neutral colours complements the surrounding countryside while delivering a contemporary take on the traditional Scottish home, with an array of different sizes and layouts on offer.
The asking price includes everything from carpets to integrated appliances and the company’s Choices options mean they don’t start building until you have selected what you want, inclusing kitchen unit colours, paint finishes, door handles and more.
The sales office is open from Thursday to Monday, from 10.00am to 5.30pm.
Price: From £130,000
Find out more at www.springfield.co.uk; 07436 580714
The Pines in Alloway, Ayrshire (Ortus Homes)
A recent event in the town launched this new age-exclusive development from the luxury brand of leading specialist developer McCarthy & Stone. House-hunters interested in this new collection of just 20 two-bedroom apartments for people of 55+ years can now review the development plans and individual floorplans.
These apartments boast fully-fitted kitchens, underfloor heating, elegant walk-in wardrobes, and spacious open-plan living and dining areas. Most have their own outside space and all have allocated parking.
Ortus Homes aims to appeal exclusively to those who are looking to downsize to a high-quality, low-maintenance apartment, with only a handful of select developments in enviable locations throughout the UK.
Rosemary Giovino, regional sales and marketing director for Ortus Homes, says: “This is an incredibly exciting time as our development in Alloway marks the official rollout of our of Ortus developments in Scotland following a successful launch at our development in Murrayfield in July.
Find out more at ortushomes.co.uk ; 0800 201 4168
Barratt @ Eskbank in Dalkeith, Midlothian (Barratt Homes)
A new two-bedroom ‘Fyne’ show apartment is now open to visitors to this development. It has been given a chic modern makeover by professional designers Blocc and is bound to catch the eye of homebuyers, especially first-timers. The open-plan lounge, dining and kitchen area with Juliette balcony makes an impressive living space, complemented by two double bedrooms (one with an en suite shower room), a bathroom, laundry cupboard and extra storage.
If you’re in the market for something larger, there is still a four-bedroom detached ‘Drummond’ property to view at the development.
Eskbank’s brand new railway station, which was launched as part of the Borders Railway, is located just across the road from the development and means commuters can now travel between the town and Edinburgh Waverley Station in around 20 minutes – a perfect commuter option.
Price: From £159,995
Find out more at http://whathou.se/eeT0Bd ; 0131 610 0695