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Thursday, 23 September 2010

South Ayrshire Council gives green light to new housing development

South Ayrshire Council has approved the site plan, drawings and specifications for the first new build council homes in more than 30 years.

The £4.5 million new build project, at Thornyflat in Ayr (artist's impression above) is being funded by the Council in partnership with the Scottish Government.

The design of the 42 new houses has been influenced by views gathered from the public over the summer.

Councillor Douglas Campbell, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Customer First said: "We were keen for local residents to have their say on the proposals and to provide their feedback.

“We considered all comments and suggestions in order to set down solid foundations for the future and I was encouraged that many people came along to the open days, submitted comments cards, or viewed the proposals online at the Council’s website.

“Suggestions such as having level entry for all houses, wider than average doors for possible wheelchair access and downstairs bedrooms for elderly, or residents with mobility difficulties have been taken on board, along with cutting edge building techniques to make these homes environmentally and family friendly.”

Plans and virtual schematics of the development were presented to the Council by architect Karen Anderson, showing the layout and artist’s impression of how the development will look once it has been completed.

Council officers will now put the project work out to competitive tender and construction will be underway by Christmas.

Councillor Campbell concluded: “It was exciting to see just how well laid out the development was, with every home having a view and great consideration clearly being given to the facilities and design of each house, in keeping with the findings of the public consultation.

“I am confident this development will deliver on its promise of building state of the art, quality affordable houses to rent and am delighted that work is scheduled to begin in a matter of months.”

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