Partnership creates homes and jobs in Dumfries & Galloway

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Douglas Small and Lorraine Usher

Loreburn Housing Association and construction firm Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd recently celebrated a major milestone with the completion of their 500th new home across Dumfries & Galloway as a partnership.

The latest project is a mixed development of 23 new properties for social rent in Kirkcudbright. The homes are the newest additions to Loreburn Housing Association’s stock of over 2,200 properties across Dumfries and Galloway. Loreburn’s vision is to “create great places to live” and they plan to provide a further 180 homes over the next three years. Another development of eight new homes in Dumfries is due for completion later this year.

Throughout the partnership with Loreburn, Ashleigh has employed a core base of joiners, bricklayers and decorators from the local area. The partnership has created 65 apprenticeships and each project has involved community initiatives, including career days and competitions at schools and sponsorship of local sports clubs.

Lorraine Usher, chief executive of Loreburn Housing Association said, “Everyone at Loreburn is extremely proud of the homes we provide, and the development of 500 new properties across Dumfries and Galloway was really something to celebrate. By working in partnership with Ashleigh we have developed high quality, energy-efficient affordable housing throughout the region.

“Loreburn’s future plans include the provision of specialist housing linked to employment for young people and high quality accommodation for older people. We are currently considering a scheme for people with dementia, to help meet the regional challenge of an ageing population.”

Douglas Small, joint managing director at Ashleigh (Scotland) Limited added, “We have an extremely productive and long-standing relationship with Loreburn, and to have provided over 500 homes for the people of Dumfries and Galloway has been a landmark achievement.”