Build of 67 homes in East Kilbride nears completion

David Blair, TW Scotland MD and site manager, David Morrison, with representatives from South Lanarkshire Council

THE construction of 67 new affordable homes at Benthall Farm in East Kilbride on behalf of South Lanarkshire Council is nearing completion, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has confirmed.

The homes comprise one and two-bedroom cottage flats, two and three-bedroom terraced, two and three-bedroom semi-detached, as well as four-bedroom detached properties.

Alison Henderson, special projects manager for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, said, “Reaching the completion of 67 affordable homes for South Lanarkshire Council at Benthall Farm marks another milestone on the journey towards creating a diverse community that complements the existing neighbourhoods of East Kilbride.

“As part of our Section 75 agreement, we have already made contributions of over £2 million towards education, roads and the community and we remain committed to working closely with South Lanarkshire Council to ensure the local community of East Kilbride continues to reap the benefits of our long-term investment in the area.

“Furthermore, we are pleased to be in discussion with South Lanarkshire Council to provide a range of 50 affordable homes at our development which forms part of the masterplan vision for the Brackenhill Farm area of Hamilton. The mix of homes that we will build in Hamilton mirrors the range of tenure built at Benthall Farm, and we are delighted to confirm that planning consent was recently granted for these properties. We look forward to confirming our next steps shortly.”

On a visit to the development last week, councillor Joe Fagan, leader of South Lanarkshire Council, commented, “I am delighted to see the completion of council housing for rent being delivered by Taylor Wimpey on this site. We have already successfully delivered a significant number of new housing developments across South Lanarkshire through our new council housing programme which is supported with grant funding from the Scottish Government.

“Benthall Farm is a mixed community development which will enable people of different ages and lifestyles to share the benefits of well-designed housing and the surrounding environment, both of which meet their needs now and will continue to do so into the future.”

Councillor Davie McLachlan, the council’s chair of housing and technical resources, added, “This development is an excellent example of what we are trying to achieve with our new council housing, in that it not only provides much-needed additional properties to our housing stock but also does so with the requirements in mind of the modern householder. They are built to high standards and the construction of all properties at this development features a tenure-neutral approach where the private housing is indistinguishable from social housing.

“The mix of different types of homes at Benthall Farm demonstrates the council’s continuing commitment to meeting key priorities in our Local Housing Strategy, which include increasing the supply of affordable housing to meet a wide range of needs, especially in pressured areas such as East Kilbride.”