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AS Homes launches new private homes arm as permission granted for £20m development

Paul Kelly, MD Briar Homes

Paul Kelly, MD Briar Homes

Family-run Glasgow social housing developer AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd has announced the launch of a new private homes arm as planning permission is granted for its very first development.

The new subsidiary company – known as Briar Homes Ltd – has just been given the green light by Glasgow City Council to build 73 new homes for sale at Boghall Road, Broomhouse, near Baillieston.

The first phase of the circa £20 million development, to be named Calderpark Gardens, will consist of 55 three and four bedroom detached homes which will be marketed by Savills.

An artist's impression of one of the homes

An artist’s impression of one of the homes

Paul Kelly, managing director of Briar Homes Ltd, said: “Before the recession, AS Homes built a mix of private and social housing, but during the tougher economic times we took the decision to focus on social housing. We believe that with the housing market in steady recovery, and more buyers looking for spacious family homes close to Glasgow, the time is absolutely right for us to branch out into private housing again. We have a very successful 20-year history of providing high quality, energy efficient homes and we have drawn on those many years of expertise when developing our plans for Calderpark Gardens.

“We are working with the Housing Growth Partnership, who are partnering with small housebuilders to support the sustainable growth of their businesses, therefore increasing the number of homes they can build with the ultimate aim of addressing housing affordability by increasing supply.

“To have got planning permission for our very first Briar Homes development is a very exciting moment for us, and we expect there to be a healthy demand for these homes when we launch the first phase for sale early in the New Year.”

Briar Homes Ltd also has land in place for a further programme of homes for sale across west central Scotland.

Green light for 140 homes for social rent in Glasgow’s south side

16046-Site EntranceAS Homes (Scotland) Ltd has been granted planning permission by Glasgow City Council to build 140 new homes for social rent in Pollokshields.

The development will see 90 houses and 50 flats, including 10 cottage flats, built on a brownfield site on Maxwell Road formerly belonging to SGN Ltd, the local gas network company.

The homes will be built for social housing provider Home Scotland, part of Home Group.

16046-Open SpaceThe two-bedroom flats will be arranged in three or four storey blocks, with the terraced and semi-detached houses a mix of two, three and four bedrooms. The development will also contain significant areas of landscaped public space, including two equipped play areas, one for toddlers and another for older children.

All homes will be highly insulated, air tight and will be fitted with photovoltaic roof panels, making them highly energy efficient, therefore reducing fuel bills for residents.

16046-Internal CourtyardPaul Kelly, managing director of AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd, said: “Pollokshields is an area of Glasgow which badly needs affordable homes for social rental, so we were delighted to receive planning permission for this development. The added benefit is that it will bring this long-term empty site back into use, delivering a major economic boost and creating new jobs for local people in the process. We plan to be on site within the next month.”

Stuart Dixon, head of development and delivery at Home Scotland, said: “Home Group nationally has a target of delivering 10,000 new homes in the next five years. This circa £20m project, which is being developed in partnership with Glasgow City Council, will contribute to this ambition and further strengthen Home Scotland’s already strong presence in Glasgow.”

Planning permission granted for £17m Paisley housing development

Street Scene 1AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd has been granted planning consent for a new £17 million development of 132 homes for social rent and sale in Paisley.

Plans and information about the homes at Love Street, which are built for Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association, were submitted to Renfrewshire Council in December 2016.

The 132 units will be two and three bedroom, two storey terraced and semi-detached houses. The homes will be built using timber frame construction, which brings many benefits including quicker build times and energy efficiencies.

Paul Kelly, managing director of AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to be working together with Sanctuary on this large housing development. This is great news for Paisley as it will deliver a major economic boost, creating jobs and much-needed new social housing for the area. We plan to start work on site in the summer, with completion due in the summer 2019.”

Street Scene 2 - Love StreetGillian Lavety, Sanctuary’s head of development – Scotland, added: “Our Love Street homes will provide a significant boost to Paisley’s affordable housing stock.

“As with previous projects we are confident these high quality homes will be popular with buyers and tenants.

“Sanctuary has more than 350 properties planned for Renfrewshire, making us one of the area’s biggest developers.

“We look forward to beginning the build at Love Street later this year.”

Developer submits plans £5m Springburn housing development

Springburn Way 2AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd has submitted a detailed planning application to Glasgow City Council for a £5 million development of 40 homes for social rental at Springburn Way in Springburn.

The homes are being built for Home Scotland, part of Home Group, one of the UK’s largest providers of social housing.

The properties will all be two-bedroom flats built in two four-storey blocks to reflect the scale of the neighbouring tenement properties, and will be built using timber frame construction, which brings many benefits including quicker build times and energy efficiencies.

Springburn WayPaul Kelly, managing director of AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd, said: “This development will provide high-quality, modern and energy-efficient affordable rented accommodation for the Springburn area, while bringing an empty site back into use. As with all our projects, we are committed to giving local jobs to local people, and pledge that at least 75 per cent of sub-contractors on the construction of these homes will be from the local area.”

Stuart Dixon, Home Scotland head of development and delivery, added: “Home Scotland is delighted to be working once again with AS Homes to provide much needed affordable housing in Glasgow. The flats will put this vacant land to good use helping to bring vitality and activity to Springburn town centre.”

140 affordable homes proposed for Glasgow gasworks site

Maxwell Road 4Developers have unveiled plans to build 140 affordable flats and houses at the former Maxwell Road gasworks in East Pollokshields.

Plans submitted by AS Homes on behalf of Home Group will see 96 townhouses and 44 flats as well as supporting amenity space and recreational areas developed on 8.3 acres of industrial land to the north east of the Victorian garden suburb.

The proposed layout strives to reflect best practice in terms of the Scottish Government’s Designing Streets and Glasgow City Council’s ‘Design Guide New Residential Areas’.

Designed by George Buchanan Architects as a series of homezones, courtyards and squares, the development will offer landscaped public open space throughout with each house given its own private back garden and flat residents sharing communal outdoor spaces.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) was submitted to Glasgow City Council in September 2016 and public events were held in November.

Planning permission granted for £8.5m Renfrew housing development

View from Inchinnan Rd looking northAS Homes (Scotland) Ltd has been granted planning permission for a new £8.5 million development of 67 homes for social rent in Renfrew for Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association.

The homes are being built at Inchinnan Road, Western Park, on the site of the former Renfrew Junior FC pitch. The application was lodged with Renfrewshire Council in April 2016.

Of the 67 units, 33 will be flats and 34 will be houses. The houses will be a mixture of two storey, two and three bedroom, semi-detached and terraced houses. The blocks of two-bedroom flats will be three and four storeys high. The homes will be built using timber frame construction, which brings many benefits including quicker build times and energy efficiencies.

View from Inchinnan Rd looking NWPaul Kelly, managing director of AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd, said: “This development is great news for Renfrew and I am delighted that planning approval was granted – it will deliver a major economic boost, creating jobs and much-needed new social housing for the area. We aim to start work on site this month, with completion due in early 2018.

“This is our third housing development to gain planning permission in just a few months, to build a total of 180 homes for social rental and sale across the west of Scotland, so it’s a very busy and exciting time for AS Homes.”

View from Inchinnan Rd looking NEPat Cahill, director of Sanctuary Scotland, added: “We are thrilled to get the go-ahead to create more affordable housing in Renfrew.

“Our Braille Drive homes in the town are hugely popular and we expect an equally positive reaction to those built on Inchinnan Road.”

AS Homes appoints new affordable housing director

Roddy MacDonald

Roddy MacDonald

Housebuilder AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd has announced the appointment of Roddy MacDonald as its new affordable housing director.

AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd builds both private housing and social housing for registered social landlords such as the Wheatley Group, Cube Housing, Homes Scotland and Clydebank Housing Association. The company has recently completed five developments in and around Glasgow, comprising 221 homes in total and has recently gained planning approval on sites in Clydebank and Glasgow’s Anniesland to build a further 100 homes.

Mr MacDonald joins the company from national housing and care provider Sanctuary Group, where he spent six years at Sanctuary Scotland, latterly as development director. He will have the responsibility of delivering affordable housing in partnership with various partners across Scotland.

Since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Building from Heriot-Watt University, Mr MacDonald has enjoyed a 30-year career in housing, including spells with Miller, Dawn and Ogilvie Homes. Over the course of his career he has been involved in the provision of over 5,000 homes, and has extensive experience in managing large-scale regeneration projects, including the Anderston Regeneration Project in Glasgow and the Cumbernauld Multi Storey Regeneration project.

Roddy said: “I am very excited to be joining AS Homes to help them deliver high-quality, affordable housing across Scotland. During my time at Sanctuary Scotland, we worked with AS Homes on several occasions, so I was well aware of the company’s excellent reputation for delivering quality homes on time and on budget, which is something that is very important to me. I also liked the fact that the company is committed to giving local jobs to local people on each project. I am really looking forward to helping the company grow and in contributing to the regeneration of communities across Scotland.”

Paul Kelly, managing director of AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd, said: “Roddy’s track record is tremendous and I am delighted to welcome him to our team at what is a very exciting time for AS Homes. He has a wealth of relevant experience, and his time with Sanctuary Scotland has given him an expert insight into social housing and regeneration. It’s already a very busy time for us at AS Homes as we get ready to start work across sites in Glasgow and Clydebank, and I’m optimistic that with Roddy on board the company can look forward to an even brighter future.”

Planning permission granted for Anniesland housing development

Plans for Spencer Street - Copyright AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd

Plans for Spencer Street – Copyright AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd

AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd has been granted planning permission for a new 61 plot mixed tenure development at Spencer Street in Anniesland, Glasgow.

The work, which will be carried out with Sanctuary Housing, will see the development of 23 properties available for private sale alongside 38 social houses.

The application was lodged with Glasgow City Council on Friday, 22 January 2016, after a 12 week consultation period.

Of the 61 units, 36 will be flats and 25 will be houses. The houses will be a mixture of two storey, two and three bedroom, semi-detached and terraced houses. All of the flats built will be three storey, each comprising two bedrooms, with six flats being adapted for wheelchair use.

Copyright AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd

Copyright AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd

The development will transform a former industrial site close to Dawsholm Park and deliver a major economic boost, create jobs and deliver new homes to the area.

Paul Kelly, managing director of AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd, said: “We are pleased to get planning permission today for what will be a significant development in Glasgow’s north-west, which will help support the city’s private and social housing requirements.

“We look forward to starting on site over the next few weeks and delivering this exciting project with Sanctuary Housing for the people of Glasgow.”