26-home development handed over in Perthshire

KINGDOM Housing Association has unveiled its first development in the Blairgowrie area.

The 26 home-site forms the first phase of a £7.1 million 50-unit project on the outskirts of Rattray. More than a third of the properties are amenity homes suitable for older people or tenants with particular housing needs.

Part of a larger private development being built by Springfield Homes, the project has benefited from Scottish Government funding of £4.1 million, with the new social rent homes being owned by Kingdom and managed by Fairfield Housing Co-operative.

Councillor Peter Barrett, Perth & Kinross Council’s housing and communities convener said, “It’s terrific to see the delivery of these new high-quality homes for social rent in an area where they will make a real difference to the local community. It’s especially pleasing that the development contains a high number of amenity homes for people with specific housing needs that will support tenants to live independently in their homes for longer.

“The council is committed to working alongside our housing association partners to provide more socially-rented housing for people across Perth and Kinross. In the last 12 months, the council and our partners delivered 191 additional homes for affordable rent and many more are in the pipeline. Kingdom has built these homes to a very high standard achieving the Government’s Silver Plus sustainability rating which will make them energy-efficient, affordable to heat and have low resource consumption.”

Bill Banks, group chief executive with Kingdom added, “The quality of the new homes being provided is exceptionally high and the initial feedback from the new residents has been very positive, particularly in relation to the high insulation standards and specification which mean the houses will have very low energy costs.”