New homes mark first step in regeneration of Paisley’s West End

A “magnificent” £6.2 million housing project is set to spark the regeneration of the West End of Paisley.

Sanctuary’s Wellmeadow Street development in Paisley

Sanctuary Homes has transformed the site of Wellmeadow Street’s former Co-Op supermarket with 39 affordable properties, 24 flats and 15 houses for social rent.

James Hayes is one of 11 people to move into Wellmeadow Street as part of the West End regeneration initiative. The 81-year-old is thrilled to have a ground-floor flat after 44 years having to struggle with stairs.

He said: “It’s magnificent. I can take my mobility scooter into my flat and no longer need to leave it outside.

“Moving here has given me a new lease of life. I love everything about my flat, even the kitchen sink.”

Michelle Calderwood and children Ellie, Corey and Layla moved into a semi-detached house from a 1st floor flat in Gallowhill.

Michelle said: “The kids are never out of the garden, they absolutely love it. It’s made a massive difference to our lives.”

(from left) Pat Cahill from Sanctuary, tenant James Hayes, Kevin Stewart MSP and Cllr Iain Nicolson, Renfrewshire Council leader

Kevin Stewart, minister for local government, housing and planning, and Councillor Iain Nicolson, leader of Renfrewshire Council, visited the development yesterday.

A £3.4m grant from the Scottish Government made the project possible.

Mr Stewart said: “I am delighted to see the real difference these new homes are already making to the people living in them, and to the wider community. A house is so much more than just somewhere to live – it provides a sense of belonging and pride, inspiring independence and wellbeing.

“High-quality developments like this are a testament to the strong partnership working between housing associations, local authorities and the construction industry.

“Housing is central to our vision for a fairer Scotland, playing a vital role in eradicating poverty, promoting inclusive growth and creating vibrant, well-connected communities.

“We want everyone in Scotland to have a warm, affordable, safe place to live. That’s why we’re investing a record £3 billion for 50,000 affordable homes by 2021, of which 35,000 are for social rent.”

Pat Cahill, Kevin Stewart MSP and George Adam MSP meet Michelle Calderwood and kids Corey, Ellie and Layla

Cllr Nicolson said: “We are committed to delivering high-quality, affordable homes across Renfrewshire and we’re keen to work with partners like Sanctuary to create thriving communities.

“The redevelopment of the former Co-Op site is a key stage in the wider regeneration plans of Paisley’s west end and I’m looking forward to seeing the transformation of this area continue.”

All 39 Wellmeadow Street homes are managed by Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association. The project’s completion enables Sanctuary to press ahead with plans for around 44 affordable homes in Sutherland Street and Underwood Lane. Later phases will see more new homes built in Well Street, Clavering Street and further properties in Underwood Lane.

Peter Martin, Sanctuary’s Group director – development, said: “Our Wellmeadow Street project is an important milestone in the regeneration of Paisley’s west end. In partnership with the Scottish Government and Renfrewshire Council we will build more than 150 affordable homes for sale and rent to help transform this area.

“Sanctuary has an impressive track record of award-winning regeneration in Scotland. We will now work with the residents and businesses within the regeneration zone to progress our plans as quickly as possible.”

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