New figures from the Scottish government have shown a decline in new homes starts over the past year, increasing the country’s crisis in housing.
While analysis of the types of new homes built sows a more complex situation, with affordable new homes up 24% from the previous year to 5,054, the fall in private new homes started, down 14% to 11,816, means the overall total is down 5% over 12 months to 16,870.
Nicola Barclay, chief executive of trade body Homes for Scotland, responded to the new statistics: “Whilst it is good to see an increase in social sector funding and consequent activity, we must recognise that this equates to only a third of homes built, and we therefore need an all-tenure approach to delivery if we are to meet the wide range of housing needs and demands of people across Scotland.
“I am deeply concerned by today’s figures which confirm the views of my members that it has never been more difficult to start sites and get much needed homes out of the ground. Obviously this continuing flat-lining of total supply is bad news in relation to the jobs and investment builders bring to our economy, but unfortunately those worst affected are the young people and growing families struggling to get on the housing ladder.
“Not only is the lack of an adequate housing supply across all tenures stifling ambition and aspiration, it is also continuing to pressurise house prices and rents as well as threatening Scotland’s future success and social well-being.”
According to the latest LSL New Build Index, annual price rises for new homes in Scotland slowed to the end of January 2017 to 2.0%, from 2.7% the previous year.
Here are the WhatHouse? team’s pick of current new homes for sale in Scotland:
Hawkhead Village in Paisley, Renfrewshire (Kier Living)
Just one apartment on the current phase remains for sale in this development, which will overall deliver some 300 new homes to the town on what was the site of the former district hospital. The current phase, The Cubicle Building, is a former ward building converted into 12 one- and two-bedroom properties, with just a two-bedroom duplex left to sell. A range of new build apartments and houses will complement the conversion properties.
Sales and marketing director David Thomas says: “When the first homes in this iconic building were released, they sold out within weeks. We’re expecting the same for this striking duplex.” Before they go on sale in the coming weeks, the housebuilder has already released images of the next two phases at the development. “We would urge interested parties to visit our show home in The Cubicle Building to get a feel for the high-quality specification, design and finish that has been employed through all the homes at Hawkhead Village,” adds Thomas.
The marketing suite for this development is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily.
Prices: From £128,995
Find out more at www.kierliving.co.uk ; 0141 840 1354
Milverton Grange in Lower Whitecraigs, Glasgow (Mactaggart & Mickel Homes)
Near the affluent suburb of Giffnock, on the southern edge of the city, this development will soon launch with a collection of 20 high-specification two- and three-bedroom apartments set in communal grounds and with garages designed with a green ‘living roof’. The single block in which these homes are set has a contemporary design from two storeys to six. Some of the homes have their own private balconies and terraces, with lift access and private parking available.
Buyers can ask the housebuilder about a range of assistance schemes, including Part Exchange, a ‘Helping Hands’ initiative and Guaranteed Buyer plan.
This development is located equidistant from two stations into Glasgow – Whitecraigs and Williamwood – and within easy reach of the city by car on the A77 Ayr Road.
Find out more at www.macmic.co.uk
Jameson Gate in Portobello, Edinburgh (McCarthy & Stone)
This specialist developer has released the first apartments here to purchase off-plan, with one- and two-bedroom options in this 42-unit scheme of retirement living properties for those of 60-years-old and over.
The development is set on the High Street of this eastern suburb of the Scottish capital, on the doorstep of a range of local amenities and within very easy reach of the city centre and the beach. As well as a residents’ lounge and landscaped garden, there is also a sun room and roof terrace at this development with views towards the Firth of Forth.
Lorraine Paterson, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone in Scotland, says: “We are really excited to be able to accept reservations at this much anticipated development. Retirement living offers those over 60 the independence of homeownership combined with the peace of mind of additional security and low maintenance, allowing homeowners to spend more time socialising with family and friends.
“We’ve already seen significant interest in the new properties, so we would encourage anyone interested in purchasing one of our retirement living apartments to avoid disappointment and enquire now.”
Prices: From £182,950
Find out more about Jameson Gate from McCarthy & Stone
Raven’s Cliff in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire (Taylor Wimpey)
A new show home in a new house type – the four-bedroom ‘Drummond’ – is on hand for visitors to this site to get a flavour for the style and quality of what is being offered by the national housebuilder at this site south-east of Glasgow.
The development is just part of a major project to build a New Town on the former Ravenscraif steelworks site. The current second phase of homes here is bringing 98 two-, three- and four-bedroom properties to the market. The new neighbourhood will also so a host of brand new amenities.
Audrey Ross, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland says: “This is a really exciting development for Taylor Wimpey to continue to be part of. This latest phase of the development offers an impressive choice of stylish family homes from our Scottish range that uses the principles of ‘Designing Places’ to create varied streetscapes and spaces.”
The site is open from 11.00am to 5.30pm from Thursday to Monday, where the Taylor Wimpey team can talk about Help to Buy Scotland, Part Exchange and Easymover assistance schemes.
Prices: From £126,000
Find out more about Raven’s Cliff from Taylor Wimpey
Richmond Gate in Oatlands, Glasgow (Avant Homes)
Richmond Gate offers a collection of one- and two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom houses, in the heart of Glasgow, featuring stylish kitchens and range of high-specification fixtures and finishes throughout. The development also offers housebuyers a great selection of extras to choose from.
The scheme also has excellent community facilities with allotments, football pitches and play areas all on its doorstep. A series of public art installations produced in association with local community groups and designed following workshops with local schoolchildren are underway, with the second artwork unveiled last summer by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. When completed, the development will also include £2m worth of proposed park improvements with the new Oatlands Square a major focal point.
Help to Buy Scotland and Part Exchange are available, subject to conditions, and the marketing suite, show flat and show house are open daily from 11.00am to 5.00pm
Prices: From £109,995
Find out more at www.avanthomes.co.uk ; 0141 530 6956
Cardrona in Cardrona, Scottish Borders (Eskgrove Homes)
There are four houses currently available at this development just east of Peebles, from a four-bedroom/three-bathroom model to a five-/six-bedroom option with four bathrooms and five reception rooms.
The specification of these family homes is impressive, from high-gloss fitted jkitchen cabinets with Corian worktops and integrated appliances, luxurious bathrooms, oak staircases and other features such as areas with double-height ceilings and upper-level gallery space. The full dimensions of each room are usable thank to underfloor heating and no radiators!
The development is situated in a peaceful area about 50 minutes’ drive from central Edinburgh, 80 minutes from Berwick and 90 minutes from Glasgow. Much nearer home is a delightful landscape of hills, woodland, rivers and lochs.
Prices: From £369,000
Find out more at eskgrove.co.uk