Work begins to deliver new affordable homes in Newton Mearns

CONSTRUCTION of 39 new council houses in the Maidenhill area of Newton Mearns is underway.

Taylor Wimpey is building the affordable homes for East Renfrewshire Council, in what will be the first new council houses to be built in Newton Mearns in a generation. The project comprises 12 one-bed cottage flats, eight two-bedroom cottage flats, two two-bedroom houses, 16 three-bedroom houses and one four-bed house.

Following the Covid-19 lockdown period, construction started last month and handovers to new council tenants are expected to begin in March 2021.

As well as providing these homes for social rent, and the contributions towards the provision of land and funding to facilitate the new Maidenhill Primary School, by 31 August 2020, Taylor Wimpey will have paid over £740,000 in developer contributions for completions of new homes in 2019 and for the first quarter of this year.

Discussions between the developer and East Renfrewshire Council are ongoing for the next area of 30 affordable homes for social rent, which are targeted for delivery by mid-2022.

Alison Henderson, special projects manager for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland said, “This significant project is part of our wider agreement to deliver a total of 82 affordable homes, which contributes to the masterplan vision and framework for the new community that is now emerging at Maidenhill, Newton Mearns.

“In overall terms the Maidenhill development is bringing significant investment and creating local jobs across the area, including some exciting opportunities for young apprentices, and we’ll continue to work closely with East Renfrewshire Council and the local community to ensure Newton Mearns reaps the benefits of our long-term investment in the area.”