Work begins on new Rattray affordable homes

CONSTRUCTION work is underway on 20 new affordable homes on the outskirts of Rattray in Perthshire.

The work forms part of Kingdom Housing Association’s first project in the Blairgowrie area at Glenalmond Road, where 50 new homes for social rent were completed in 2019/20.

The latest phase comprises 14 homes for social rent and six for mid-market rent. Almost two thirds of the properties are amenity homes, suitable for older people or tenants with particular housing needs.

The development is being built by Springfield Properties with the new social rent homes owned by Kingdom and managed by Fairfield Housing Association. The mid-market rent properties will be leased to Kingdom Initiatives.

Bill Banks, Kingdom Group chief executive, said, “Feedback from residents who are settled into their new homes from the initial phases of the development in Rattray has been very positive, particularly with regard to the Secured by Design accreditation and the high levels of energy efficiency which means lower utility bills. Phase 3 will continue our commitment to sustainability standards.”

Total project cost is around £3 million, with funding of £1.5 million provided by The Scottish Government. Perth and Kinross Council Commuted Sums funding has also been provided to support the project, which is due for completion in November 2021.