Avant Homes secures planning permission for £35.2m Bishopton site

David Knight, Avant Homes Scotland managing director

Stirling-based homebuilder Avant Homes has been granted planning permission to build 121 new homes for a £35.2 million development in Dargavel Village in Bishopton, Renfrewshire.

Avant Homes acquired an 11.5-acre site, which is located off Slateford Road at the location of the former Royal Ordnance Factory and sits 12 miles west of Glasgow. Dargavel Village is part of a major transformational project in Bishopton led by BAE Systems.

The properties to be built by Avant Homes will be a mixture of innovatively designed homes including three-bedroom semi-detached and detached and four and five-bedroom detached houses, all complete with the developer’s new interior specification.

Construction is due to start on the development immediately, with the first homes ready for occupation in 2018.

Avant Homes Scotland managing director, David Knight, said: “We are committed to continued investment in Scotland and the central belt is a key focus for us. The last 12 months have seen high demand for our product here and our Dargavel Village development in Bishopton demonstrates our dedication to providing much-needed homes in the area. The site is important historically and we’re looking forward to giving it a rich future for homebuyers.”

The history of the site dates back to the 16th century, when the Grade B listed Dargavel House was built by the Maxwell family. From World War One, the site was home to a munitions factory run by the Ministry of Defence and then BAE Systems, until manufacturing ceased in 2001.

Jon Gettinby, Bishopton programme manager for BAE Systems, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Avant Homes to Dargavel Village. Working closely with all of our development partners, such as Avant Homes, is key to achieving our vision for Dargavel Village to be an aspirational place to live.”

Avant Homes Scotland is an operating company of the Avant Homes group. The homebuilder currently has 12 developments in its portfolio stretching from Pitdinnie Grange in Cairneyhill to The Dukes in Ferniegair.

For the financial year to 30 April 2017, Avant Homes posted both record revenue and operating profit numbers. Revenues increased 45% year-on-year to £369m, whilst operating profits rose 107% to £45m. These were delivered having achieved 1,636 total completions, up 35% compared with the prior year.

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