New affordable homes to be built in Barrhead

(L-R): Scott McConnell, graduate trainee, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland; Lorna Wilson, chief executive, Barrhead Housing Association; Phil Daws, head of housing at East Renfrewshire Council; councillor Devlin, East Renfrewshire Council’s housing convenor; John Hamilton, chair of Barrhead Housing; and Caroline Proctor, land & planning director at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland at Duncarnock in Barrhead.

TAYLOR Wimpey West Scotland has concluded a deal with Barrhead Housing Association (BHA) to deliver 25 new affordable homes within its Duncarnock development.

The agreement follows the successful delivery of 12 affordable houses for BHA in Neilston and signals a milestone in the provision of ‘much-needed’ homes for social rent in Barrhead.

Construction of the new homes, which include two and three-bedroom semi-detached and terraced houses, as well as two-bedroom cottage flats, is already underway – with work expected to be complete by summer 2023.

The 25 new homes, designed by Taylor Wimpey, and supported by East Renfrewshire Council, meet the Scottish Government’s energy-efficiency and sustainability targets – which the firm said will help residents to minimise their energy bills.

BHA secured £2.2 million in grant funding from the Scottish Government for the delivery of the development.

Caroline Proctor, land and planning director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, said, “We’re delighted to have the opportunity once again to work with Barrhead Housing Association and to play a part in the delivery of much needed affordable housing in East Renfrewshire. This agreement follows our first successful partnership together in Neilston, and we are pleased that our track record on that project has created this opportunity for our organisations to work together again.” 

John Hamilton, chairperson for Barrhead Housing Association, explained, “These new affordable, energy efficient homes are a welcome boost to the local area. In these very difficult times with ongoing health and financial uncertainties and rising homelessness in our society, providing more good quality affordable homes in the local area couldn’t have come at a better time.”

East Renfrewshire Council’s housing convenor and Barrhead HA board member, councillor Danny Devlin, added, “Housing continues to be in high demand in East Renfrewshire and these affordable homes will make a big difference to those in need, so I commend Barrhead Housing Association and Taylor Wimpey for their partnership working on the project.”