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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.”

Architects appointed to £27m housing association framework

HG_P207Home Group has appointed 14 architects to a £27 million framework to support plans to build 10,000 new homes of all tenures during the next five years.

The appointments will see the affordable housing developer work with some of the most highly renowned and decorated architecture practices in the UK.

The four-year framework has been divided into five sections which mainly focus on London and the regions. A non-geographic Masterplanning section will focus on large scale regeneration and new build projects.

In Scotland, Home Group will work with Anderson Bell Christie, Squires Barnett, P+HS Architects, John Thompson & Partners, PCKO Architects, HTA and ID Partnership.

Each of the successful architects have been selected because they’ve been able to demonstrate a commitment to design excellence and constructing homes which reflect the local heritage and landscape in which they will be built.

Liz Gibney, Home Group’s head of place, said: “We’re looking forward to working with each and every one of these successful practices. Some we already have existing relationships with and for others we’re keen to see what they can offer.

“Home Group has committed itself to producing homes of the highest design quality for all of our customers regardless of tenure.

“To do this we have undergone a lengthy process where we’ve invited architects from throughout the UK to tell us about how they will be able to help us meet our ambitions of providing some of the best quality homes in the country for all of our customers.

“Each practice which has been selected made the final cut because they were able to demonstrate to us that they shared our vision of creating homes which are design led and communities which work for all who live there.”

The successful practices are:


John Thompson and Partners, Farrells, HTA, Levitt Bernstein and Id Partnership.

North East and Yorkshire

Squires Barnett, P+HS Architects, PCKO Architects, John Thompson & Partners, HTA, ID Partnership, Brewster Bye Architects

Cumbria and Scotland

Anderson Bell Christie, Squires Barnett, P+HS Architects, John Thompson & Partners, PCKO Architects, HTA, ID Partnership


John Thompson & Partners, HTA, EPR Architects LTD, Farrells, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Stock Woolstencroft, Levitt Bernstein Associates

South East and South West

John Thompson & Partners, HTA, Farrells, EPR Architects lTD, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Levitt Bernstien Associates, Lee Evans Partnership LLP

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.

Cruden Homes plans 32 affordable homes for Dundee

Home Group Longhaugh Neighbourhood Centre DundeePlans for 32 affordable homes have been submitted to Dundee City Council on behalf of Home Group.

Developer Cruden Homes hopes to build the properties on the site of the former Longhaugh Neighbourhood Centre at Pitkerro Road.

The 1.2 hectare site, behind the recently re-erected Iceland store, has lain empty since the community centre was demolished on the site in 2011.

A design brief by Hackland+Dore Architects stated: “The housing mix has been determined by Home Group to satisfy housing needs in the area and includes a mix of larger family semi-detached housing with smaller terraced accommodation and two storey cottage flats, including three wheelchair units.

“The site is on a prominent route into the city and close to public transport.

“It benefits from excellent local amenities including shopping, which will reduce the reliance of residents on private cars.”

Home Group Longhaugh Neighbourhood Centre Dundee 2Stuart Dixon, Home Scotland’s head of development, said it was hoped planning permission would be approved to build 32 homes for local people in need of social rent.

He added: “The site has previously been granted residential planning permission and as a brownfield site we feel we can bring it back into productive use.

“We’re hoping to build a mixture of houses and flats with a minimum of two bedrooms. Flats will be designed to appear like large semi-detached homes to fit in with the surrounding housing.”

Agreement signed to deliver 16,000 new affordable homes in Edinburgh over next decade

Housing association representatives with housing leader Councillor Cammy Day, health, social care and housing convener, Councillor Ricky Henderson, the City of Edinburgh Council chief executive Andrew Kerr, council leader Councillor Andrew Burns and deputy leader Councillor Sandy Howat

Housing association representatives with housing leader Councillor Cammy Day, health, social care and housing convener, Councillor Ricky Henderson, the City of Edinburgh Council chief executive Andrew Kerr, council leader Councillor Andrew Burns and deputy leader Councillor Sandy Howat

Edinburgh is set for a major housing boost after the council’s ambitious plan to build thousands of new homes was matched by six partner housing associations.

Castle Rock Edinvar, Dunedin Canmore, Hillcrest, Home Group, the Link Group, and Port of Leith have pledged to match the City of Edinburgh Council’s plan to build 8,000 homes, which will bring an incredible 16,000 affordable and low cost homes to the Capital over the next decade.

Representatives joined senior council officials council leader Councillor Andrew Burns, depute leader Sandy Howat, chief executive Andrew Kerr, health, social care and housing convener Councillor Ricky Henderson, and housing leader, Councillor Cammy Day at the City Chambers yesterday to officially back their commitment to the partnership.

Councillor Day said: “We all know about the acute shortage of affordable homes in the capital; a shortage that’s pushing house prices out of the reach of those on low to middle incomes, increasing rents in the private sector and creating a cost of living crisis that’s putting real pressure on people across Edinburgh. This fantastic joint commitment will see the council and its partners build on their current successes and accelerate house building to provide the increase in affordable homes that Edinburgh so desperately needs.

“This joint commitment won’t just deliver 16,000 homes – we expect it to generate benefits to the local and national economy of around £4bn, create over 3,000 jobs and bring in additional council tax revenue to help fund the delivery of essential services for the people of Edinburgh.

“Reducing the cost of living for tenants and building more affordable homes are key priorities for the council.”

The signed pledge

The signed pledge

Alister Steele, from Castle Rock Edinvar, said: “Housing associations operating in Edinburgh are pleased to match the council’s pledge and commit to delivering 8,000 much needed affordable homes in Edinburgh. As part of Places for People, Castle Rock Edinvar is already committed to developing 1,000 New Homes for Edinburgh. Extending our contribution in collaboration with fellow housing associations and the City of Edinburgh Council allows us all to make a significant contribution to the housing supply, wellbeing and economic growth in the city.”

Ewan Fraser, chief executive of Dunedin Canmore, which is part of Scotland’s largest housing care and property management organisation, Wheatley Group, said: “We are absolutely determined to play our part, working with the City Council and other housing associations, in tackling the acute shortage of affordable housing in Edinburgh.

“The plans unveiled today represent an outstanding example of partnership working and we are delighted to announce that as part of our commitment to maintaining and improving communities across the city, we will build at least 1,000 good-quality, energy-efficient homes in the capital over the next decade.”

Richard Jennings from Castle Rock Edinvar at it’s Calton Road development with housing leader, Councillor Cammy Day

Richard Jennings from Castle Rock Edinvar at it’s Calton Road development with housing leader, Councillor Cammy Day

Almost 150 households bid for every council and housing association home available to let in Edinburgh, and the city’s population is set to grow by up to 30 per cent over the next 20 years.

The council was already committed to delivering 3,000 affordable and low cost homes on 22 sites in the city, including investing over £100 million on lending to 9 Limited Liability Partnerships set up through the Scottish Government’s National Housing Trust (NHT) initiative.