Hous­ing project un­veiled

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Jenny Foulds

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.

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