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11/08/2017

Community Benefits Milestone Reached On Newton Mearns Development

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Work is continuing over plans to build more than 800 new homes in East Renfrewshire.

Developers CALA Homes (West) and Taylor Wimpey West Scotland are set to build 834 new homes in Maidenhill, Newton Mearns.

A range of community benefits to be provided by the developers have now been agreed with the council.

Features include;

• The creation of a range of properties from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom detached homes.

• Land and funding to facilitate the construction of Maidenhill Primary – a brand new non-denominational school offering 444 primary school places as well as 120 nursery places.

• Multiple pockets of land to facilitate the delivery of affordable housing.

• A multi-use games area (MUGA) and 3G pitch within the school, and available for use by the wider community.

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• Generous public open space throughout the development – equivalent to around 19 football pitches – including a linear green corridor and host of pocket parks.

• A contribution towards local community halls, sports grounds, sports halls and centres, libraries and community health and care provision.

• Contribution of land towards a community faith facility.

• Additional contributions towards off-site road improvements at Mearns Cross and sustainable transport.

Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Willie Burns said: "Reaching the conclusion of this agreement for Maidenhill marks another milestone on the journey towards creating a fantastic new community that will complement and become an extension to Newton Mearns' existing neighbourhoods.

"We'll be working closely with East Renfrewshire Council and the local community to ensure Newton Mearns reaps the benefits of our long-term investment in the area."

Managing Director of CALA Homes (West), Jim McIntyre, added: "We take our responsibility to improve the local community seriously, and this is evident in our plans for Maidenhill. As well as retaining plenty of open green space and creating new homes designed in to the landscape, we are also providing land for much needed affordable housing, and land for a new on-site school – with additional investment planned for local infrastructure and facilities as the development progresses."

(LM)

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