New government figures have indicated that Scotland is still facing a ‘housing crisis’, with a drop in the number of new homes being built.
The data for the period April 2011 to October 2015 show 30,133 affordable new properties being built in Scotland, meeting the government’s 30,000 target, with 20,400 homes for social rent and 5,292 new council properties.
The 15,258 new homes completed in the year to the end of June revealed an annual drop of 5% and compares with a pre-recession figure of more than 25,000 new homes annually.
Housing trade body Homes for Scotland responded to the latest data by saying there was “no end in sight to the country's housing crisis”. Its chief executive Philip Hogg added: “[These] figures are not only disappointing, they are truly shocking and demonstrate the size of the challenge. Unfortunately, there is little in the way of positives that can be taken. Not only do we see a fall in the latest yearly figures, the last two consecutive quarters have also shown a drop.
The Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland’s director Annie Mauger said: "Our research with Shelter Scotland and the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations has shown that we need to build at least 12,000 affordable homes a year for the next five years - today's figures show that just under 7,000 were built in the year to the end of September. Given current budget constraints, delivering the number of new homes that are needed will require some genuinely bold new thinking."
Housing minister Margaret Burgess said: “High-quality, energy-efficient, affordable homes form the cornerstone of socially and economically sustainable communities. We have worked hard with the housing sector to deliver these homes as well as develop innovative funding initiatives, such as government guarantees, loans, grant recycling and new sources of private funding, to help both buyers and developers."
Montgomerie Brook in Irvine, North Ayrshire (David Wilson Homes)
This charming development offers a stylish mix of three- and four-bedroom homes, with some three-bedroom terraced homes recently added to the portfolio. The houses have been carefully arranged to create attractive street scenes with a range of designs set against a backdrop of countryside.
Quietly positioned on the northern fringe of Irvine, Montgomerie Brook stands beside Long Drive, the fittingly-named thoroughfare that runs parallel to the A78. Long Drive leads to tree-lined Bank Street, one of Irvine's older and grander roads, en route to the quirky town centre.
Ayrshire is famed for its beaches and coastline and is also blessed by numerous historic sites across its landscape.
Prices: From £134,995
Find out more about Montgomerie Brook from David Wilson Homes ; 01702 416709
Dovecote Steadings in Haddington, East Lothian (Ogilvie Homes)
This is a mix of new build and conversion properties set in the historic village of Bolton, just two miles south of the county town of Haddington, Life here provides an ideal mix of country living with a 30-minute drive to the city.
The development consists of one- and two-bedroom cottage flats and two-, three- and four-bedroom steading properties, many with two storeys, which have been individually designed and use materials carefully chosen to replicate the features of the original building and complement the environment. The development hosts attractive landscaping throughout with some properties boasting private gardens.
The show home and marketing suite are open from Thursday to Monday, 11.00am to 5.30pm.
Prices: From £139,950
Find out more about Dovecoast Steadings from Ogilvie Homes ; 01786 811811
Part of the ongoing £120m transformation of Raploch in Stirling, a new phase of homes has been made available here, which offers a selection of 42 properties for sale in a mix of two- and three-bedroom terraced and semi-detached houses and two-bedroom apartments.
Just minutes from the city centre, many of the homes here will have striking views to Stirling Castle, which stands majestically overlooking the development. There’s an impressive interior specification including gas central heating, double glazing, fitted kitchens, mirrored wardrobes to the master bedrooms and Porcelanosa bathroom tiling.
The show home at Stirling Bridge is now for sale for £125,000, a two-bedroom mid-terraced ‘Kincardine’ villa, and it is available completely furnished. There’s also £1,500 cash back available for reservation before Christmas and settlement before end March 2016.
Prices: From £98,999
Find out more at www.cruden-homes.co.uk ; 01786 478614
Cherry Hill in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire (Lovell)
Three homes were snapped up last month, with seven reservations taken on properties not yet released for sale – a total of ten reservations well in advance of next year’s official launch.
“It was incredibly busy with many people drawn by the opportunity to secure a new build home in a great place to live,” says Lovell regional sales manager Helen Dow. “Following a high level of enquiries we were expecting strong demand and that was borne out by the number of properties selling off-plan.”
Lovell began construction at the site this summer on 48 two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, which are located next to the new Larkhall Academy, close to the town centre. Lovell expects the first homes to be completed in early 2016.
Find out more at www.lovellhomes.co.uk ; 01698 622 028
Kinnear Road in Inverleith, Edinburgh (Queensberry Properties)
This is an exclusive development of just ten period conversion and luxury new build townhouses and apartments and only four of them now remain for sale, all of them apartments.
When complete, this exclusive development will include two restored period villas and three period apartments refurbished to the highest standard. Alongside will be two contemporary apartments, two spacious duplexes and a stunning triplex.
All properties benefit from ample off-street parking and magnificent views of Edinburgh’s iconic skyline. It’s around 30 minutes’ walk to the shops of Princes Street and under 15 minutes’ drive to Waverley station.
Prices: From £625,000
Find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org ; 0131 247 3700 (Savills)
Chesterhill Wood in Edgehead, Midlothian (Richmond Homes)
Phase Two plots of four-bedroom homes are now available for reservation at this luxury new development in an attractive rural setting.
Richmond Homes managing director, Calum Stewart says: “At Chesterhill Wood we feel we have something rather special for buyers looking for the ideal family home in the perfect setting. This new development combines the best of rural living with easy access to major roads and amenities in the area. In addition, we are continuing to offer our Assisted Move scheme to aid buyers in the transition from selling to moving-in to their new home.”
The second phase of this development offers two different house types, ‘The Alder’ and ‘The Yew’. These spacious four-bedroom homes come with contemporary kitchen designer units, designer sanitaryware and high-efficiency heating, and also incorporate slate tile and natural stone facing, with a landscaped garden to the rear.
Prices: From £340,000
Find out more at www.richmondhomes.co.uk ; 0131 459 2222 (Ballantynes)