Major milestone reached at Perth development

L-R Councillor Dave Doogan, Caledonia Housing Association chief executive Julie Cosgrove and Urban union’s Neil McKay

A sod cutting ceremony has marked an important milestone in the development of 203 new homes in Perth.

Regeneration specialist Urban Union, in partnership with Caledonia Housing Association and Fairfield Housing Co-operative, were joined at the site by Councillor Dave Doogan, housing and health convener for Perth & Kinross Council, at an event to mark the official start of the final phase of the Muirton development.

The site, situated next to St Johnstone Football Club’s former stadium at Muirton, will feature 102 affordable homes and 101 for private sale.

Neil McKay, managing director of Urban Union said, “Our vision for this development is one which will incorporate the character and strengths of the local area and help create a place of community in which residents will feel a sense of pride. As we enter this next stage, we aim to make sure the development adds value to the area in terms of both employment and training opportunities as well as a robust community engagement programme. So, not only will Muirton be a great place to call home but also an exciting place to live.”

Councillor Dave Doogan added, “The regeneration of Muirton has been a priority for the Council over the last decade, and the work we have done with partner organisations during that time has totally transformed the area into a desirable area that people enjoy living in. The delivery of this final phase follows directly on from the recent transformation of the Muirton shops which will now be perfectly framed by these excellent new homes.

“In addition to the regeneration work that has already been carried out, this new high quality, affordable social housing will be a valuable addition to the area, contributing much needed accommodation and adding vibrancy to the community.

 “I’m delighted to see the final phase of the regeneration underway. It will provide much needed affordable social housing, and transform the lives of the residents who will enjoy these new homes.”

The project received planning approval in July last year, with Urban Union appointed by Caledonia Housing Association to deliver the new homes.

The project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018.