Green light for Borders Garages to Homes project

Green light for Borders Garages to Homes project

An illustrative example of a garage conversion (Copyright

Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) has been granted planning permission for an innovative development in Hawick which will create six new homes on an existing garage site.

A cutting-edge system developed by HUSK Architects will see the creation of high-quality, accessible single-story homes on a site east of Ramsay Road using the external brick skin and concrete floor of the original garages.

A consultation was launched last year seeking residents’ views of ‘Garages to Homes’ projects at three separate sites in Jedburgh, and in four locations in Hawick.

A separate application to convert two blocks of ten garages into three bungalows in Bothwell Court in Hawick was adjourned for a site visit, while plans for the Jedburgh projects have been submitted.

Director of development Emma Garry said: “We are very pleased with the decision to approve the project at Ramsay Road in Hawick and will work closely with Scottish Borders Council to ensure that all planning conditions are met. This is a significant step forward in addressing the shortage of suitable homes for older people and those with mobility issues in our area. As a not-for-profit social landlord, SBHA is responsible for managing and maintaining over 5600 homes in our local communities including older people and those living with a disability.

“Scottish Borders Council’s emerging Local Housing Strategy has a target of 300 new homes for older people to be delivered across the Borders and delivery of 20 accessible homes per year, the project at Ramsay Road will assist in meeting this target.

“We have consulted extensively on these developments and amended our approach based on feedback from residents, councillors and the Ccouncil officers. This innovative and award-winning approach creates high quality permanent homes in suitable vacant sites and is a great solution to creating homes for older and those with limited mobility, who want to stay in their local communities.”

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