Housing project unveiled
This could be the new face of Westcliff if plans for a social housing development goes ahead.
Wheatley Group has revealed proposals to build 46 houses in the Dumbarton scheme, which would comprise of two-storey homes, cottage flats and a block of apartments.
Dumbarton councillor Iain McLaren, vice-convenor of housing and communities, told the Lennox Herald that the development will kick-start the regeneration of Westcliff.
The area is described in an architect’s report to planners as one of Dumbarton’s poorer areas and “has its share of drugs and crime”.
The SNP councillor said: “This ambitious housing project will bring real benefits to so many of our residents and of course I’m particularly delighted that Westcliff is included.
“These new homes in Westcliff form part of the council’s More Homes Better Homes programme, which will see 1000 new affordable homes built by the council and our housing association partners between now and 2022.
“Once built, these 46 quality homes will kick-start the regeneration of Westcliff.”
The homes would be on land between Westcliff Road and Talisman Avenue.
Cube Housing Association would manage the new properties.
A planning application has been submitted to West Dunbartonshire Council and construction could begin in August next year if it is approved.
Architect Mast has submitted a 35-page document to planning officers, which details the design and reveals artist’s impressions of how the new development could look.
It reads: “The proposed houses line the roads on Westcliff and address the housing opposite in a similar fashion with front gardens and low level fences.
“The streetscape configurations within the site are intended to create an attractive and visually interesting sequence of spaces, with a view of improving the public realm of the existing streets.
“While the proposal seeks to integrate itself within the surrounding residential context, we aspire to create a crisp and contemporary development which contains a variety of interesting spaces.
“Whilst the proposed development will be wholly for social rent, the types of houses and flats provided ensure that a variety of demographics and particular needs can be accommodated, adding to the richness of the development.
“Dwellings are designed to meet the requirement of housing for varying needs, with the overall housing mix comprising mainstream family housing, amenity properties for ambulant disabled or elderly residents and fully equipped wheelchair users.”
There would be a fourstorey flatted development and two-storey housing and the development would have parking, including a designated parking area for the flatted block and parking bays for the houses.
Cube director David MacKenzie said: ““The plans are part of our strategic partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council which will see Cube build many more affordable homes across the area.”
Two years ago Wheatley Group unveiled an ambitious five-year strategy to create hundreds of new homes and jobs in West Dunbartonshire in partnership with the council.
The plans will also see a multimillion pound investment in existing homes in the area and new and improved services to tenants and factored homeowners.
The massive new-build programme is a result of Wheatley’s strategic housing partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council.
The strategy will see 400 homes built in West Dunbartonshire, up to 600 new jobs and training places created or supported and more than £2.6 million invested in existing homes.
Thirty-one new homes are being built in Carrick Terrace, Castlehill, and 44 are under construction on the former Bonhill Primary School site as part of the partnership.