Social justice secretary Alex Neil has visited a construction site in Edinburgh which is seeing hundreds of new affordable homes being built under an innovative scheme, the National Housing Trust (NHT).
Neil caught up on progress at the 234-home development at Western Harbour, Newhaven, part of a larger scheme that will see nearly 900 such homes provided across the capital.
Under the NHT scheme, developers are appointed to build a certain number of affordable homes on land they own, which are then purchased by a local partnership company which includes the developer, local council and Scottish Futures Trust. These properties are then let to tenants at an affordable rent for up to 10 years prior being sold.
Neil says: “The contribution from innovative financing approaches, such as NHT, using government guarantees, loans, grant recycling and new sources of private funding is substantial and growing. Edinburgh has wholeheartedly embraced the NHT, the first guarantee-based model for housing in the UK, as one that can help ease the city's housing pressures.
“People in the capital will have access to a quality home at an affordable rent and the NHT model allows them to save for a mortgage whilst staying in the home that they may be able to buy.”
These are the WhatHouse? team’s pick of the hundreds of new homes currently being built across Scotland...
Red Lion in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire (Mactaggart & Mickel Homes)
This development will bring 17 new homes to the popular suburb, just minutes away from picturesque countryside and with excellent transport links into Glasgow. First reservations will be taken soon.
There will be a mix of townhouses and detached homes. The four-bedroom ‘Inchcolm’ house has been designed specifically for this development in a traditional style over one-and-a-half storeys, with dormer windows to the upper floor and a sun room extending the ground floor to create an open feel.
Newton Mearns is appreciated for its excellent primary and secondary schools. With easy access to the M77 there are also good transport links to the central belt, the Ayrshire coast and the south.
Find out more at www.macmic.co.uk
The Hailes in Haddington, East Lothian (McCarthy & Stone)
The exclusive information launch event for this new retirement living development is taking place on Wednesday 20 January at Winton House in nearby Pentcaitland, where interested buyers will have the opportunity to reserve an apartment off-plan on the day when they are released for sale.
The Hailes will comprise 43 one- and two-bedroom apartments alongside six two-bedroom cottages, located on Mill Wynd in Haddington. Facilities for the use of residents include a lounge, landscaped gardens and guest suite, for visitors.
Rosemary Giovino, regional sales and marketing director for McCarthy and Stone in Scotland, says: “The Hailes...is designed to ensure over 60s can enjoy a rich, rewarding and fulfilling life. We’re inviting any potential purchasers to come down to our launch event in Pencaitland to find out more. However interest levels are high, so we would encourage anyone who is keen to get a first look at what The Hailes has to offer to book a place in advance.”
Find out more at www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk ; 0800 201 4740
Castle Gardens in Crookston, Glasgow (Taylor Wimpey)
Situated off Raeswood Road, Castle Gardens will comprise 92 three- and four-bedroom family homes in a location that offers an excellent balance of open space, local facilities and entertainment for easy family living. Buyers can choose from eight different styles of homes.
The area has good transport links into the city centre and to the M8 and M77/A77. Crookston train station offers an excellent service to and from Glasgow Central, and there is also a good bus network. The local area also has an impressive range of shops and amenities including supermarkets, convenience stores and a post office.
Audrey Ross, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “The area also has a good mix of local nursery, primary and secondary education which makes this location popular with families. There’s also some of the best shopping centres in Scotland, as well as the energy and vibrancy of Glasgow city centre.
“When you also consider that on your doorstep you’ll find the natural beauty Rosshall Park and access to the White Cart Walkway with its beautiful riverside walks, as well as the tranquillity of CrookstonWood – this area offers the best of all worlds for families considering a move to a new home.”
Prices: From £239,000
Find out more at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk ; 0141 375 0305
Murieston Gait in Murieston, West Lothian (CALA Homes)
This development has enjoyed exceptional success since its launch in October 2015, beating anticipated sales targets by some margin for its range of three-, four- and five-bedroom homes.
Sarah Stanger, sales and marketing director at CALA Homes (East), says: “The development has been a real success with the homes generating strong interest from across the central belt. The current volume of sales speaks for itself, and we believe buyers are primarily attracted to the high quality, luxury living that Murieston has to offer.
“With the exciting incentives this development has to offer, buyers are definitely starting to realise that they can have their dream home – without having to pay the city price tag.”
The development is well positioned for city workers, with two local stations offering services to Edinburgh, Glasgow and beyond, with regular trains running from Livingston South to Haymarket in as little as 16 minutes.
Prices: From £265,000
Find out more at www.cala.co.uk ; 01506 537009