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Renfrewshire regeneration delights residents

10 November 2015

Residents have expressed their delight after moving into Renfrewshire’s newest affordable homes.

Eighty-six properties were handed over after Sanctuary Scotland completed the final phase of its £30 million regeneration of Shortroods, Paisley.

The properties range from 1-bedroom cottage flats to 3-bedroom family houses. Fifty-six of the homes are now being rented by happy tenants. The 30 properties available to buy on a shared equity basis sold within a month.

Kathleen Frater moved from Dumbarton into a new 1-bedroom house.

Kathleen, 67, said: “The house is absolutely fantastic – I can’t say enough about it.

“It’s beautiful, warm and the layout’s terrific. I’m delighted to be here. My daughter Tracy lives nearby so that’s a bonus. It’s great being closer to my family.”

Scott and Lesley McCready moved into a 3-bedroom house with sons Michael, 14, and Liam, 10. The family had spent the previous year at Scott’s mum’s home in Paisley’s west end.

Scott and Lesley took the keys for their new Sanctuary home just weeks before daughter Nancy was born.

Lesley, 34, said: “The house has changed our lives for the better and very quickly become our home.

“We were in a few weeks before Nancy arrived, so have had time to settle in. Our boys have bonded with the other kids in the street, which is a good sign. We look forward to living here for many years to come.”

Phase 3 was built by McTaggart Construction and cost £9.6 million. Designed by architect Anderson Bell + Christie, the homes take Sanctuary’s total new-build properties in Shortroods to 309.

Like the earlier phases, the project was created in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government. Phase 3 includes four wheelchair/amenity bungalows for those with particular needs. Phase 2 included Gerry Rafferty Drive, a tribute to the legendary singer-songwriter.

Gordon Laurie, director – Sanctuary in Scotland, said: “We are proud of our regeneration of Shortroods and of the positive reaction from tenants.

“The 309 homes built by us since 2002 will provide quality, affordable accommodation to Paisley residents for many decades to come.”


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