Scone development opens doors to prospective tenants

KINGDOM Initiatives recently held the first in a series of open days at the newly completed 51-home Earlsgate development in Scone, Perthshire.

The properties, which are all for mid-market rent, are located on the site of the former Wheel Inn.

The Kingdom Co-Housing Community for Over 55s at Earlsgate offers age-exclusive living and is described as bringing a ‘unique social dimension’ for residents. The development includes common facilities to encourage group activities and social meetings.

Matthew Busher, Kingdom’s housing director said, “We had really encouraging levels of interest in the first of our three open days at Earlsgate. 43 prospective tenants received guided tours of the site, enjoyed the refreshments we laid on, and had a good chat with staff about the possibilities for the development of this co-housing project.

“Our next open days are on the 28th of April and the 3rd of May and it’s great to see that interest in the development appears to be taking off.”

Bill Banks, Kingdom group chief executive added, “Co-housing is something we’ve been keen to explore at Kingdom and I am extremely happy with the development at Earslgate. Co-housing can bring back that sense of community which some people find is missing where they live.

“Residents at Earlsgate, Scone will use some of their time to support their neighbours and help manage the Co-Housing Community through involvement with aspects of community living. The range of services or activities will be agreed with the residents living at Earlsgate. Co-Housing communities thrive on consensus decision making. All residents are encouraged to take part in decision making and everyone has an equal voice.”

The properties at Earlsgate have been purchased ‘off the shelf’ by Kingdom Housing Association and will be let and managed by Kingdom Initiatives.

The total project cost is £9.3 million with funding of £4 million provided by the Scottish Government and a contribution of £765,000 by Perth & Kinross Council.