New homes for rent in Dunblane thanks to unique funding source



Margaret Turner, chair, Forth Housing Association and Terence O’Byrne, chair, Dunblane Community Council at the opening of Thomas Brittain Court
Margaret Turner, chair, Forth Housing Association and Terence O’Byrne, chair, Dunblane Community Council at the opening of Thomas Brittain Court

Forth Housing Association has welcomed the completion of a unique housing development in Dunblane.

The eight homes, which are all available for social renting, were built without any public subsidy, thanks to a former resident of the town. Thomas Brittain died in Dunblane in 1963 and left his estate to be used for the benefit of the elderly and infirm of the town.

Over 50 years later his trust fund was transferred to Forth, on condition that it be used to help this designated group. By working with a group of local residents Forth co-ordinated a development that provides two wheelchair accessible homes and six other cottage flats, suitable for those with restricted mobility or other needs.

Forth supplemented the trust funds with a private loan and eight households are now enjoying the fruits of Thomas Brittain’s generosity.

Margaret Turner, chairperson of Forth, said: “It gives me added pleasure that I can mark the completion of these homes, not only as chairperson of Forth but as a present day resident of Dunblane. Many members of the town worked hard to bring this scheme to completion and the end result represents over 50 years of local commitment.”



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