Newton Mearns to gain affordable homes

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Plans have been unveiled to build 120 new affordable homes in areas including Maidenhill and Ayr Road in Newton Mearns.

The homes, approved at a council cabinet meeting on Thursday, represent investment of around £7.3m from the local authority and grants from the Scottish Government’s affordable housing supply programme.

They will aim to put within reach of normal families attractive modern homes in an area which commands some of the highest private property prices in the country.

The scheme will include new homes in Barrhead at Blackbyres Road, Cross Arthurlie Street, Fenwick Drive and Balgraystone Road,

However the Mearns homes in particular answer a well-attested dearth of affordable homes in one of the most exclusive areas of Eastwood.

The five year building plan aims to meet local demand following years of erosion to levels of housing stock as a result of the now-defunct right to buy policy.

Council leader Jim Fletcher said: “We are committed to providing modern, affordable homes which meet the needs of our residents.

“By taking forward these plans it will allow us to create new communities within East Renfrewshire which will enhance the surrounding areas.

“It is exceptionally pleasing that these properties will be more energy efficient which will be hugely beneficial for residents.

“As the plans are developed further all Registered Tenant Organisations will be consulted, as well as the wider tenant body, to make sure that we deliver first-class homes for our residents.”

Housing convener Councillor Danny Devlin said: “Through the Right to Buy policy, the council’s stock has reduced by around 50 per cent over the last three decades and many of the homes sold were popular family homes in sought after areas.

“We will now work closely with local residents to ensure these new plans meet their housing needs.”

The council’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan, launched last year, will see a total of £10.4m invested into building more than 200 new homes for social rent by 2020.