New homes for rent in vil­lage

West Lothian Courier - - News - Mar­jorie Kerr

Work is un­der­way to build new homes for rent in a West Loth­ian com­mu­nity.

Work has started on al­most 100 homes for so­cial rent in a soughtafter de­vel­op­ment on the out­skirts of Ed­in­burgh.

West Loth­ian Hous­ing Part­ner­ship ( WLHP), part of Wheat­ley Group, and West Loth­ian Coun­cil are to­gether build­ing a to­tal of 96 new af­ford­able homes as part of the ma­jor ex­pan­sion of Winch­burgh vil­lage.

The new homes are part of the £ 1bil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment and ex­pan­sion of Winch­burgh.

It will see the his­toric vil­lage trans­formed with a new town cen­tre – the first in West Loth­ian since the 1960s – as well as new schools, health­care fa­cil­i­ties, leisure and play ar­eas and up to 3450 new homes over the next 20 years.

WLHP is build­ing 55 homes for so­cial rent on the site, a mix of 36 flats and 19 ter­raced fam­ily homes, while West Loth­ian Coun­cil is adding an­other 41.

WLHP’s £7mil­lion de­vel­op­ment is part-funded by a £3m grant from the Scot­tish Govern­ment.

The 55 WLHP homes are due to be fin­ished at the end of 2018.

West Loth­ian Coun­cil leader Lawrence Fitz­patrick and WLHP chair John M Hill vis­ited the site to see how the homes were tak­ing shape.

West Loth­ian Coun­cil leader, Lawrence Fitz­patrick said: “West Loth­ian Coun­cil is build­ing 1000 new coun­cil homes and, since 2009, we have built more coun­cil homes than any other lo­cal au­thor­ity in Scotland. Winch­burgh is one of West Loth­ian’s core de­vel­op­ment ar­eas and a key part of the area’s ex­pan­sion is to pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing coun­cil hous­ing for lo­cal peo­ple.

“We are de­lighted that the con­struc­tion of th­ese new homes is un­der way and look for­ward to see­ing lo­cal peo­ple move into th­ese much-needed af­ford­able homes in the near fu­ture.”

WLHP chair, John M Hill, said: “We’re de­lighted to be build­ing our first homes in Winch­burgh and to work in part­ner­ship with West Loth­ian Coun­cil to de­liver th­ese much needed new homes.

“So­cial hous­ing is an im­por­tant part of any de­vel­op­ment, and means ev­ery­one has the chance to share in the suc­cess of this new town. West Loth­ian Hous­ing Part­ner­ship is proud to play its part in shap­ing Winch­burgh Vil­lage for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

The project is part of WLHP’s plans to al­most dou­ble its’ hous­ing stock be­tween 2017 and 2021.

A fur­ther 42 homes for mid­mar­ket rent are cur­rently be­ing built at Jar­vey Street in Bath­gate.

The homes are close to the vil­lage pri­mary and nurs­ery schools, shops and doc­tors surgery.

The project has also boosted em­ploy­ment in the area, with three jobs al­ready cre­ated, and a fur­ther four ap­pren­tice­ship places to come at con­trac­tor McTag­garts.

Gary Clim­son, man­ag­ing d i rec­tor of McTagga r t Con­struc­tion, said: “We are cur­rently build­ing homes for so­cial rent across West Loth­ian, for both Wheat­ley and the Coun­cil, and value the part­ner­ship we have built to­gether.

“Our Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gramme is gen­er­at­ing train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple, en­sur­ing this project de­liv­ers ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity be­yond bricks and mor­tar.”

We’re de­lighted to be build­ing our first homes in Winch­burgh

On site Coun­cil leader, Cllr Lawrence Fitz­patrick, WLHP chair John M Hill, and Cllr Ge­orge Paul

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