A huge new project to bring thousands of new homes to Scotland was revealed recently as Perth and Kinross Council approved a new community to be built on the edge of Perth by Springfield Properties.
Bertha Park is a £1bn scheme that will see up to 3,000 new homes being built over the 333-hectare site. The project has been given general approval, with detailed permission for the first phase of 1,100 new homes just received, and construction is scheduled to start in 2017.
The site will see the building of a wide range of homes including those for private sale, those available under affordable homes schemes and age-exclusive properties for retirees. The 30-year build process is expected to create 2,000 jobs and will also see the creation of an area for employment opportunities, a new primary and secondary school,
Springfield transformed the former green belt site proposing a new community including 25 hectares of employment land, a host of new shops and restaurants, a new primary and secondary school and medical, leisure and community facilities.
“We are delighted with [the] decision,” says Springfield managing director, Innes Smith. “This is a big step forward in a 30-year project and the result of five years of planning and design in partnerships with Perth and Kinross Council. We have set our sights on delivering an exceptional place for people to live and work and we are excited to be bringing Springfield’s award-winning homes to Perth. We are on track to start building in 2017, initially creating around 450 new jobs and supporting many more.”
Here are our favourite current new homes in Scotland across a range of budgets:
Kinnear Road in Inverleith, Edinburgh (Queensberry Properties)
Two-thirds of the properties here have already been snapped up, with just three of the nine remaining for sale in this affluent and attractive area. The development mixes restored conversions within a Grade B listed property and adjacent striking new build apartments.
Mackenzie House was part of the Edinburgh Academy boarding houses dating from 1910 and is named after a former headmaster. The two converted apartments for sale there range in size from 1,442 sq ft to 1,458 sq ft and feature hardwood oak flooring throughout the main living areas. The two-bedroom new build apartment is within a blonde sandstone building designed by award-winning architects, Morgan McDonnell.
Grace Brownlow, sales and marketing director of Queensberry Properties, says: “We’re really proud of the Kinnear Road development which again underlines our strategy to create memorable top end developments within the capital. Kinnear Road offers a chance to secure a highly desirable yet sensibly priced ‘must-have’ property for homeowners or investors in one of the most exclusive areas in Edinburgh.”
Prices: From £625,000
Find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org ; 0131 247 3700 (Savills)
Wester Lea in Newtongrange, Midlothian (Cruden Homes)
This is a collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom terraced, semi-detached and detached homes situated in a lovely location in the village to the south-east of Edinburgh, within easy reach of the A7 and City Bypass.
There is a show home for buyers to visit, open from Friday to Monday, 11.00am to 5.30pm, and the Help to Buy Scotland scheme is also available on all properties, requiring the buyer to provide just a 5% deposit.
Nearby Dalkeith has a wide array of shops, pubs and restaurants and the city of Edinburgh is just 20 minutes away by car, making Wester Lea an ideal base for commuters. The village has its own station, served by the Borders Railway which re-opened in 2015.
Prices: From £146,500
Find out more about Wester Lea from Cruden Homes
Kinleith Mill in Currie, Edinburgh (CALA Homes)
Kinleith Mill is one of two new developments from this multi-WhatHouse? Award winning housebuilder in the suburb of Currie (the other being The Meadow). This one sets out to appeal to a wide range of buyers, with diverse properties from apartments to townhouses and detached and semi-detached family homes.
These homes occupy an idyllic tree-lined setting by the Water of Leith and are within easy reach of local amenities and some good schools. Edinburgh’s city centre is only seven miles away.
The designs have been inspired by the area’s past and the traditional mill-style buildings that originally occupied the land, with its unique red brick and iron railing architectural design providing a sense of character and place.
Stala Thomson, sales manager at CALA Homes (East), says: “Currie is a fantastically positioned suburb with everything a homeowner needs right on its doorstep, and both developments would be the perfect choice for those seeking the rural lifestyle and a desirable family environment.”
Prices: From £420,000
Find out more about Kinleith Milll from CALA Homes
The Larches in Crookston, Glasgow (Miller Homes)
Situated in the heart of this south-western suburb, positioned just off Crookston Road, one of the main thoroughfares, The Larches offers a selection of quality detached homes with easy access to a range of amenities, schools and shops.
The housebuilder is currently offering a special deal on ‘The Humber’, is a four-bedroom detached home in the heart of the development on plot 440. With a bay window in the lounge overlooking the front of the property, the rear comprises of a family dining kitchen which leads through to a utility room and out onto the garden. Priced at £292,000 and complete with double garage, Miller Homes will lay carpeting throughout for a June buyer, free of charge.
Louise Caldwell, West of Scotland sales director for Miller Homes, says: “Miller Homes is helping to ease the pressure on moving into their new home by offering buyers a range of incentives. For those ready to buy in June, we can offer carpets, appliances and furniture packs on selected developments, making the cost of moving into a new home just a little bit more affordable.”
Prices: From £269,000
Find out more at www.millerhomes.co.uk ; 0808 252 4255
The Botanics in Glasgow (David Wilson Homes)
This collection of 94 homes is on the former site of the city’s BBC Studios and includes two- and three-bedroom apartments, three- and four-bedroom duplex apartments and three- and four-bedroom townhouses. A number of these homes will benefit from views over the River Kelvin.
A short walk from a new home here and you will find yourself on the popular Byres Road and Ashton Lane, h Home to a number of bars, restaurants, cafés and shops. For exercise or relaxation, Kelvingrove Park has something for everyone and is all within walking distance of this development.
Glasgow city centre is only a short bus, rail or car journey away, with its internationally acclaimed mix of shops, entertainment and culture.
Prices: From £325,000
Find out more about The Botanics from David Wilson Homes
Recently launched is this exclusive development of 35 four- and five-bedroom homes located on the edge of the sought after historic market town of Haddington.
Early purchasers reserving properties off-plan will be able to personalise their home from the housebuilder’s Select range of interior and exterior design options, while there is also a financial incentive as Charles Church offers a contribution of £5,000 towards LBTT.
Sharon Spinelli, sales manager at Charles Church East Scotland, says: “Moncrieff Meadows is ideal for anyone looking for a brand new, traditionally styled home with a high-quality finish – from young professionals to buyers looking for a more spacious family home.”
The area offers a 30-minute commute into the city of Edinburgh as well as proximity to an array of highly regarded primary and secondary schools.
Prices: From £305,000
Find out more about Charles Church Developments’ current homes for sale