Housing minister tours new Borders development

SCOTLAND’S local government and housing minister, Kevin Stewart MSP, recently paid a visit to Trust Housing’s new extra care development in Duns.

The minster received a tour of the Borders site, which is being built by Hart Builders, and learned of the benefits of the extra care housing service.

Rhona McLeod, CEO of Trust Housing said, “We’re very proud of our new build at Duns, it will provide modern and energy efficient homes for those who will live here. The site commenced in January 2019 and will be completed by July 2020, providing much needed housing for older people in Duns. There will be 30 one and two-bedroom extra care flats and 19 one and two-bed amenity houses. Our innovative extra care housing service supports tenants to live independently, with the care and support of Trust staff 24 hours a day. A meal service and social activities will also be available to promote community living.”

Gill Henry, business development director at Hart Builders added, “We are delighted to welcome Kevin Stewart MSP on site today to see how we are working in partnership with Trust Housing Association to build new homes that will enable older people to live independently for longer. The 49 high-quality homes provide 19 self-contained bungalows alongside the two-storey extra care flats and communal facilities, which all residents will be able to enjoy and benefit from.”

Kevin Stewart MSP commented, “I’m pleased the Scottish Government has been able to support the building of 49 new accessible flats and houses developed by Trust Housing Association through an investment of £3.8 million. These units will be a welcome addition to Duns and give more people the opportunity to have a home that meets their needs and which are built to a high standard. Making sure everyone has a safe, warm and affordable place to call home is central to this government’s drive for a fairer, more prosperous Scotland. This development will also help us achieve our ambitious target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021.”