A £4.5 million project has created 41 affordable homes in one of Scotland’s most desirable new communities.
Families in East Dunbartonshire will this month receive keys to flats in Woodilee Village, a 210 acre site between Kirkintilloch and Lenzie, near Glasgow, where the former Woodilee Hospital once stood.
Twenty-nine flats built and managed by Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association have been offered for social rent to people on East Dunbartonshire Council’s waiting list. A further 12 Sanctuary-built flats will be sold through the Scottish Government’s shared equity scheme to first time buyers.
Gordon Laurie, director – Sanctuary in Scotland, said: “These 41 homes will help address the affordable housing shortage that affects East Dunbartonshire and the country as a whole.
“The Woodilee community will be enriched by the presence of families who might otherwise have been unable to live there.
“This project has progressed well since it began on site in February 2014. We look forward to handing over the keys to our homes to East Dunbartonshire families in the coming weeks.”
The Sanctuary Scotland homes are part of a wider redevelopment of the site of the former Woodilee Hospital. The overall project will see more than 800 properties created by a consortium of builders, with all bar Sanctuary’s privately sold. It was a condition of planning that the Woodilee site featured affordable properties. The council asked Sanctuary Scotland to create 41 affordable flats, Sanctuary’s biggest development to-date in East Dunbartonshire. The Scottish Government gave £2.25 million in grant funding towards the Sanctuary build, which includes a shop unit available for lease.
Councillor Ashay Ghai, depute leader of the Council and convenor of Neighbourhood Services, said: “The development of 41 new homes is a really attractive looking housing development and I am so glad that so many of our tenants and people from our waiting list can now call them home.
“Understandably, applicants were delighted with their offer and particularly impressed by the enhanced specification and high quality of finish provided.
“Others have benefitted from the generous shared equity scheme. East Dunbartonshire tenants were given priority, allowing their homes to be freed up for others on our housing list. It is a win-win situation all round and I hope everyone is very happy in their new homes.”