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18/07/2019

£6.2m Housing Development Completed In Paisley

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A new £6.2 million development of 39 affordable homes has been completed in Paisley's West End, marking the first step in the areas regeneration.

In partnership with Sanctuary Homes, Renfrewshire Council have transformed the site of Wellmeadow Street's former Co-Op supermarket with 39 affordable properties, 24 flats and 15 houses for social rent.

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Kevin Stewart joined Council Leader Iain Nicolson to visit the development after a £3.4 million grant from the Scottish Government made the project possible.

Mr Stewart said: "I am delighted to see the real difference these new homes are already making to the people living in them, and to the wider community. A house is so much more than just somewhere to live - it provides a sense of belonging and pride, inspiring independence and wellbeing.

"High quality developments like this are a testament to the strong partnership working between housing associations, local authorities and the construction industry.

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"Housing is central to our vision for a fairer Scotland, playing a vital role in eradicating poverty, promoting inclusive growth and creating vibrant, well-connected communities.

"We want everyone in Scotland to have a warm, affordable, safe place to live. That's why we're investing a record £3 billion for 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, of which 35,000 are for social rent."

Councillor Nicolson also said: "We are committed to delivering high-quality, affordable homes across Renfrewshire and we're keen to work with partners like Sanctuary to create thriving communities.

"The redevelopment of the former Co-Op site is a key stage in the wider regeneration plans of Paisley's west end and I'm looking forward to seeing the transformation of this area continue."

Peter Martin, Sanctuary's Group director - development, said: "Our Wellmeadow Street project is an important milestone in the regeneration of Paisley's west end. In partnership with the Scottish Government and Renfrewshire Council we will build more than 150 affordable homes for sale and rent to help transform this area.

"Sanctuary has an impressive track record of award-winning regeneration in Scotland. We will now work with the residents and businesses within the regeneration zone to progress our plans as quickly as possible."

The project's completion enables the council to press ahead with plans for around 44 affordable homes in Sutherland Street and Underwood Lane, with later phases set to see more new homes built in Well Street, Clavering Street and further properties in Underwood Lane.

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