Council leader tours Elgin affordable housing project

A “much needed” affordable housing development in Elgin has received the backing of the leader of Moray Council as he toured the construction site.

Councillor Graham Leadbitter visited Hanover Scotland Housing Association’s 16-home site at Stonecross Hill, which is being delivered in partnership with Springfield Properties and Moray Council and part-funded by the Scottish Government.

The new development, which is expected to open in March next year, comprises social housing ranging from one-bedroom cottage style flats to three and four-bedroom semi-detached houses.

During their visit, Councillor Leadbitter and Councillor Louise Laing, chair of Moray Council’s communities committee, met with representatives from Hanover and Springfield Properties.

Mark Farey, director of asset management at Hanover Scotland said, “Moray is a major focus for Hanover Scotland and we are proud to be working in close partnership with Springfield Properties and Moray Council to deliver high-quality social housing at Stonecross Hill. I would like to thank Councillor Leadbitter and Councillor Laing for taking the time to visit in order to see the site and learn more about this important development. We hope they will be able to return next year to see the finished site and meet the new residents.”

Councillor Graham Leadbitter added, “When the housing application was originally approved for this area there were concerns in the local community, however regardless of the issues about the location I believe people understand the need for supported housing like this. With an ageing population having a broad range of housing options available is absolutely vital. Hanover Scotland have a reputation for high quality supported accommodation and I was pleased to meet with them and be shown around the development. It is clearly being built to a high standard and Hanover Scotland are clearly committed to seeing the development integrate well with the surrounding area and to build strong neighbourhood relationships.”

Springfield Properties Group partnerships MD Tom Leggeat said, “The 16 homes at Stronecross are highly energy efficient and use air source heat pumps which will keep running costs low for customers. This is the second project we have delivered in partnership with Hanover Scotland Housing Association for Moray Council, helping to address the affordable housing shortage in the area.”