East Renfrewshire

Taylor Wimpey secures planning permission for 137 new homes in Neilston

East Renfrewshire Council has granted detailed planning consent to Taylor Wimpey West Scotland for 137 new homes in Neilston.

The 15 acre site off Neilston Road is identified for housing in the Local Development Plan and Planning Permission in Principle was granted in March 2016.

Taylor Wimpey said Kirkton View in Neilston represents a significant investment in the local area by the housebuilder, and it will deliver a range of two, three and four bedroom homes in a variety of styles and sizes to appeal to a wide range of customers.

New trees will be planted in order to create an area of woodland to the east of the development. A central green area will also provide a substantial play area.

As part of the Planning Permission in Principle, a Section 75 Planning Agreement was entered into with East Renfrewshire Council, and the development of this site will deliver new affordable housing as well as further investment in local education and community facilities.

Stephen Andrew, technical director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, added: “Taylor Wimpey is delighted to confirm that we have secured planning consent for 137 new homes off Neilston Road in Neilston.

“As well as an impressive range of new homes, our development will provide a range of economic benefits for the local Neilston area which includes supporting over 160 jobs per year of construction, as well as the attraction of new customers to local businesses.

“We believe this development will be a great addition to the local area, and it also complements our other developments across the region. We anticipate that construction work at the development will start later this month.”

Taylor Wimpey secures planning permission for its first homes at Maidenhill

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has confirmed that detailed planning consent has been secured from East Renfrewshire Council for 106 new homes on land off Ayr Road at Maidenhill, Newton Mearns.

The 11.5 acre site is identified for housing in the East Renfrewshire Local Development Plan, and it forms part of the approved detailed planning permission currently in place for the wider Maidenhill masterplan vision.

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s first parcel of development will deliver a range of three, four and five bedroom homes from its latest Scottish house type range. Each home will have feature stone detailing and there will be a variety of styles and sizes to appeal to a wide range of customers.

It will also include a feature pocket park for the enjoyment of local residents.

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland said the development represents a significant investment in the local area by it, and a key milestone for the wider Maidenhill masterplan.

As well as creating a significant residential development of new homes, this parcel of development will also contribute to a range of wider community benefits through a Section 75 Agreement with East Renfrewshire Council, which will include contributions towards education.

Stephen Andrew, technical director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, said: “We are delighted to confirm that detailed planning consent has been granted for our first parcel of land off Ayr Road at Maidenhill, Newton Mearns.

“As well as an impressive range of new homes, our development will provide a range of economic benefits for the local Maidenhill and Newton Mearns area, which includes supporting over 160 jobs per year of construction, as well as the attraction of new customers to local businesses.

“We’re looking forward to work starting on our range of new homes and becoming even more involved in the local community as Maidenhill progresses.

“We anticipate that we will open our sales office later this year for buyers to reserve off-plan, and we will keep the local community informed of our progress.”

Plans unveiled for Scotland’s first dedicated luxury residential retirement development

Plans for a pioneering £55m luxury residential retirement development, expected to be the first purpose built of its kind in Scotland in Newton Mearns will go before East Renfrewshire Council’s planning committee this week.

Developers have drawn up plans based on a vision of active later living. The unique development challenges the perception of what a retirement scheme should be by offering a multitude of modern facilities to encourage activity and foster a strong community. The extensive list of facilities will include a clubhouse overlooking the reservoir, a fully equipped gym, spa amenities and various dining options.

The scheme involves an improvement of a previous application that was recommended for approval. The Netherplace Retirement Development will be constructed in a countryside setting just outside the suburb of Newton Mearns on a 17-acre former industrial site.

The development comprises 214 one and two-bedroom flats, 38 cottages (252 dwellings in total) and an 80-bed care home built adjacent to the development to offer extensive care amenities and specialist services designed to provide 24 hour support to its residents and the overall development.

An independent economic impact study estimates that the development will support more than 365 permanent jobs during the next 30 years and contribute more than £74m to the local economy within that timeframe.

The development is being taken forward by Glasgow and Singapore-based property company Scotsbridge Holdings, managed by locally-based property developer Shazad Bakhsh, who has worked closely with East Renfrewshire Council in developing the proposal.

Mr Bakhsh believes Netherplace could become one of the most innovative new communities for over 55s anywhere in the UK and provide further inward investment to East Renfrewshire.

He said: “Netherplace will be so much than a retirement development, it will create a vibrant new community. By incorporating the latest thinking, contemporary design features and activities ranging from yoga to fishing, this development aims to reinvent the concept of retirement living in Scotland. We believe this project will ultimately reduce the burden on local authority care provision by providing residents with more intermediate care options.

“This is an opportunity to create a community in the truest sense of the word and tackle preconceptions of what a retirement development can be.  The placement of these bespoke lifetime homes, with facilities which are second to none, will ensure a higher quality of living.

“In addition to signficiant facility and activity offerings, the development will also feature an on-site day care nursery ensuring interaction with the wider community while the considered layout will encourage neighbours to engage with each other. Our professional and experienced team has a vision to modernise the sector and provide a development to both answer demand and exceed expectations.”

Among the extensive list of on-site facilities, which will be used by both residents and the wider community, will be: a central two-storey club house, tidal pools, spa facilities, a fitness suite, multi-use spaces for community events, a clinic,  a contemporary restaurant, function suites and various shops. The proposal will incorporate the very latest in information technology to provide the highest standard of support services for residents.

The development will be the most sustainable of its kind in Scotland, with a district energy centre and heating system to provide the most environmentally friendly power at the lowest possible price.

A reservoir on the site dating back to 1850 will be incorporated into the overall development with plans to create walkways around the water feature, which will be stocked with trout for fishing. Gardens and places to socialise will be a major priority along with the provision of garden sheds and barbecue/picnic areas.

Demolition and clearance of the site, a former dye works which last operated in 2003, has already been completed to enable works to begin as soon as planning permission is received.

Glasgow-based practice Jewitt & Wilkie Architects has been appointed to design the development.

Founder Jonathan Jewitt said: “We’ve carried out thorough and extensive research on aspirational, high quality homes and engaged with numerous public and private bodies to achieve the optimum scheme proposal.

“This proposal includes a wide variety of unique features which have been subtly future-proofed to cater for the changing needs of residents. By providing this kind of accommodation, it is expected that housing currently occupied by one or two persons within the surrounding community will be released into the market for much-needed family housing.”

Housebuilders build partnership with East Renfrewshire charity through £9k pledge

Russell and Yvonne MacMillan of East Renfrewshire Good Causes (centre left and right) celebrate the announcement of their partnership with Maidenhill alongside Audrey Ross, sales and marketing director at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland (far left), and Suzie Farrell, marketing manager at CALA Homes (West)

The team behind the Maidenhill housing development in East Renfrewshire has officially laid the foundations of a new partnership with a local charity.

Homebuilders CALA Homes (West) and Taylor Wimpey West Scotland have pledged a series of donations to East Renfrewshire Good Causes for the duration of the first phase of building works at the new development.

For each of the first 185 homes reserved within the new community, a £50 donation will be made to the charity, which is dedicated to supporting a range of worthy local causes.

This pledges a total of £9,250 which will be used to help people in need across the East Renfrewshire area.

East Renfrewshire Good Causes, which is run by Russell MacMillan of Newton Mearns, has helped thousands of locals since it started its work in 2007.

The charity was originally set up so that Russell could raise the money to ‘repay’ the £70,000 cost of a life-saving double transplant he received in 2007, but has continued beyond to raise and donate more than £356,260 within the local area in addition to products and services which equate to the same value again – helping upwards of 1,800 residents.

Liana Canavan, sales and marketing director for CALA Homes, said: “It means a lot to be able to give back to the local area in which our new community is going to be based, and – together with Taylor Wimpey – we’re delighted to pledge more than £9,000 to help a local cause that we know is close to so many people’s hearts.”

Audrey Ross, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, said: “East Renfrewshire Good Causes reaches out to, and helps, so many people across the local area – and many people are more than aware of the fantastic work Russell does. By donating a guaranteed amount for every home reserved throughout the first phase of the build, it means that those who decide to live within our new community will have given much-needed help to their neighbours, even before moving in.”

Russell MacMillan, founder of East Renfrewshire Good Causes, said: “I’m thrilled to call the team at Maidenhill partners of the charity. The money raised will go towards a number of causes across the region, whether it’s helping the homeless, or local families struggling to make ends meet.

“East Renfrewshire Good Causes is all about providing grass roots support to the local community, and it’s incredible to see CALA Homes and Taylor Wimpey keen to get involved at such a local level.”

Morrison starts work on £3.8m Newton Mearns business centre development

Work to build a new £3.8 million business centre, which is being developed by East Renfrewshire Council, is now underway.

The project, which will create Greenlaw Business Centre in Newton Mearns, will enable the council to increase its support for small businesses.

Funded by Glasgow City Region City Deal, the facility is being built adjacent to the existing Greenlaw retail and commercial centre.

Expected to be completed by early next year, the facility will provide modern office accommodation in up to 38 small suites over two storeys.

Council leader Tony Buchanan said: “Greenlaw Business Centre will help to meet a growing demand for flexible business space in the area, supporting start-ups and existing small businesses to grow and create new jobs.

“This forms part of a range of ambitious projects for East Renfrewshire made possible thanks to our £44m Glasgow City Region City Deal investment.

“I’m pleased to see the contractor Morrison Construction embracing the ethos of delivering additional benefits through City Deal contracts by creating four new construction jobs, skills development activities and support for community projects.”

Council leader Tony Buchanan met with new apprentice Cameron McCulloch and Allan Cunningham from Morrison Construction

The council will work in partnership with Morrison Construction and Clyde College to support two fully funded construction pre-apprenticeship courses, starting in August 2018.

Allan Cunningham, Morrison Construction’s operations director, said: “It is exciting to reach the key milestone of construction and we are already making significant progress on site.

“At Morrison Construction we are committed to providing community benefits through the projects we undertake. During construction we will continue to engage with stakeholders from the community, creating opportunities in education and employment, and ensuring the positive local impact of this development into the future.”

As part of the £44m Glasgow City Region City Deal investment in East Renfrewshire, plans are underway to improve the road network between Barrhead, Newton Mearns and the M77, create a new train station in Barrhead and transform Dams to Darnley Country Park into a must-visit leisure destination.

Crookfur Estate revamp to support more retail retirees with digitally enabled care

(from left) Front – Patricia Fraser, The Hugh Fraser Foundation and Michael Scanlan, director, Clark Contracts. Back– Will Hawkins, Yeoman McAllister, Leo McKee, chair of the Crookfur Estate Capital Appeal Committee, Kathy MacIntyre, director of supported living services at retailTRUST, Jim Fletcher, Provost of East Renfrewshire, Richard Boland, chief executive at retailTRUST

retailTRUST, a trade charity for people working in retail and the support service industries, is working with Clark Contracts and Bank of Scotland to embark on a major redevelopment of their well-loved retirement estate in Crookfur, Newton Mearns.

The aim of the project is to transform the Crookfur Estate by introducing ‘connected living’, while increasing the accommodation available in the area for retail retirees. retailTRUST will create 100 new affordable and digitally enabled residential units to help more people live independently in their own homes.

Patricia Fraser, daughter of the late Sir Hugh Fraser who generously bestowed the grounds of the Estate, attended a ground breaking ceremony yesterday. Guests included Jim Fletcher, Provost of East Renfrewshire; Leo McKee, chair of the Crookfur Capital Appeal Committee; Michael Scanlan, director at Clark Contracts, and Fraser Sime, regional director at the Bank of Scotland.

Patricia Fraser said: “The Fraser family, and especially my father, the late Sir Hugh, have had a very close affinity with Crookfur cottageHOMES since well before the first buildings were established in the 1960’s. My father’s great vision and philanthropy in bestowing the land to cottageHOMES created a strong bond which has been continued by The Hugh Fraser Foundation supporting the development of the estate for residents of Crookfur over six decades. It is a relationship which has stood the test of time and today we at the Foundation are pleased to be able to offer £500,000 to support the next phase of the redevelopment.”

The project is also being supported by a £5 million development loan from the Bank of Scotland.

Fraser Sime, regional director at the Bank of Scotland, said: “The funding we have provided will help retailTRUST to continue to transform the lives of people across the Glasgow area. Former retail employees can struggle to find suitable homes in their older age, and the new development will help to provide affordable, high-quality housing where people can have a safe and enjoyable retirement. We are committed to helping Scotland prosper. This is why we continually strive to support businesses and charities, like retailTRUST, to help them reach their full potential.”

Richard Boland, retailTRUST chief executive, added: “Over the next five years or more what we are creating will be transformational on so many levels. Firstly, in creating 100 new residential units on the site and secondly in delivering ‘connected homes’ enabled with future proofing in the rapidly developing digital care environment.”

A capital appeal has been launched and organisations are encouraged to get involved in this life-changing project. For more information about supporting the appeal, please email info@retailtrust.org.uk.

BAM awarded new East Renfrewshire school contract

BAM Construction has been appointed by East Renfrewshire Council to build a new primary and nursery school in Newton Mearns on Glasgow’s south-side.

The new £12.2 million Maidenhill Primary and Nursery School will be located off Ayr Road and will provide early learning education facilities for the new Maidenhill residential area where the first phase of the 834 house development is already under construction.

Overall 444 new primary and 120 nursery places are being created along with joint community facilities that include a multi-use games hall and 3G pitch.

Work will start work on site in May and the school will open in summer 2019.

Regional director Bruce Dickson said: “Maidenhill Primary is the centrepiece of this new community and we are delighted to have again been selected by East Renfrewshire Council to deliver such a key project to unlocking the full potential of this area.”

BAM Construction has a track record for building schools throughout Scotland and is currently completing the final phase of the new Barrhead High School for the same client.

Work starts on new £150m community in Newton Mearns

Angus Murray, construction director at CALA Homes (West) (left) alongside Brian Henderson, production director at Taylor Wimpey West Scotland

Homebuilders CALA Homes (West) and Taylor Wimpey came together to break the ground and start works at the development of a new £150 million community at Maidenhill, Newton Mearns.

The initial works will create the framework of and access to the new community – which will be crucial for facilitating the 834 new homes, 209 of which will be affordable housing, as well as the new Maidenhill Primary school in the centre of the development.

Construction director of CALA Homes (West), Angus Murray, who will be leading the team as work commences, said: “We have spoken about Maidenhill as a new community for a very long time so it is great to be able to break the ground to mark work commencing. Our initial efforts will focus on creating the road network to facilitate access to the school and sports and recreation facilities.

“It will be some time before anyone sees houses on the development, but this is a real milestone for Maidenhill as it means we have taken the first real steps in turning the dream of this fantastic new community into a reality.”

Production director of Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Brian Henderson, said: “We are at the very beginning of creating Maidenhill and as we forge on with the infrastructure, we are keeping our promise of delivering a fantastic new community with a mix of private and affordable homes as well as the community amenities, front of mind.

“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.”

As Maidenhill progresses, a raft of benefits for the Newton Mearns community, courtesy of the multi-million pound investment by the two housebuilders, will come to fruition.

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

East Renfrewshire Council to double house building commitment

Homes set for Blackbyres Road in Barrhead

An additional 120 homes for social rent will be built by East Renfrewshire Council over the next five years.

Councillors on the Cabinet agreed to double the council’s house building commitment, following consultation with residents. The news comes after plans to build 120 homes were approved in November 2016.

Whilst sites for the additional 120 homes are still to be identified, Maidenhill is one potential location. Following approval by Cabinet, work will commence in developing detailed plans, including exploring land availability.

Councillor Dany Devlin, convener for housing and maintenance services, said: “East Renfrewshire is a popular place to live and we want to increase our housing stock to meet the needs of our communities. This decision to build additional homes forms part of the delivery of our recently agreed Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP), which makes the commitment to deliver almost 693 affordable homes across the authority over the next five years. We believe these additional homes for social rent will be a great asset to East Renfrewshire and it will be exciting to see the plans develop over the coming months.”

Construction of the first of the previously approved homes will commence early this year, with homes set to be available in late 2018. This first phase of construction includes sites at Robertson Street and Fenwick Drive in Barrhead, followed by a third site at Blackbyres Court, Barrhead.

250-home retirement village planned for Newton Mearns

Plans have been submitted for a new ‘retirement village’ containing 252 homes and an 80-bed care home in Newton Mearns.

Situated off Netherplace Road, Newton Mearns Retirement Village has been conceived by Jewitt & Wilkie Architects on behalf of Newton Mearns Projects to cater exclusively for the over-55 market.

Under plans lodged with East Renfrewshire Council, the development will also feature a ‘multi-purpose village centre’ and full supporting facilities and amenities, with a new access road from Aurs Road at the former Dye Works on Netherplace Road.

A view of the proposed Village Centre

In the submission the developers state that the project “will create much needed sustainable, safe, secure and specific retirement residential accommodation within East Renfrewshire that has not been available to date”.

A similar development by Persimmon Homes was refused in 2015, after objections from the community, social health and care partnership and Glasgow Airport.

The previous application, which is not related to the current proposals, outlined plans for a 55-bed care home and 360 apartments in the retirement village.

The Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) said that there is no case for a care home in Newton Mearns, and that the developer has made assumptions about the area’s demographics.

Images courtesy of Jewitt & Wilkie Architects