HOUSEBUILDER Barratt Developments has announced plans to open 16 new sites in 2019, creating 3,400 new homes across Scotland.
The company, which included both Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, is also increasing its investment in land, as it looks to acquire and develop up to 18 new sites over the next twelve months.
The housebuilder’s plans for 2019 are said to reflect the group’s “confidence in the fundamentals of investing and building in Scotland”, noting continued demand for new homes, changing demographics and a “strong” economic outlook.
The new sites are expected to underpin over 6,200 existing jobs and support around 150 new jobs in Scotland, with local subcontractors and tradesmen also expected to benefit.
New developments to be launched in early 2019 include Yew Gardens in Ormiston, East Lothian and Huntingtower in Perth. Barratt opened 16 sites across Scotland in 2018 including Countesswells in Aberdeen, Riverside at Cathcart in Glasgow and Harwood Park in West Lothian.
Douglas McLeod, regional managing director for Barratt Developments in Scotland said, “We’re looking forward to another busy year of building homes to meet demand in communities across Scotland. Although there are clearly some consumer concerns around the potential impact of Brexit, we’re confident that the economic fundamentals remain favourable towards house building.
“More homes naturally mean more jobs and, ultimately, homeowners supporting the growth of local economies by spending on local services and goods. We’re committed to not just building new homes, but also to supporting the communities around which those homes are built. That’s why we will shortly be announcing plans to create a fund for local charities to help them improve the quality of life in and around our developments.”