Council disposals to create more social homes in Glasgow

Council disposals to create more social homes in Glasgow

Milnbank Housing Association has acquired 308 Onslow Drive

Glasgow City Council has approved off-market disposals of five properties and a piece of land all owned by the council to provide new social rented homes, support the growth of local businesses and raise £1,022,500 for public funds.

A compulsory purchase order (CPO) for a house in the Sandyhills area was also approved, adding to the city’s social housing stock.

The first disposal approved was for a 0.2-acre site at Shawbridge Street in Pollokshaws to allow yard and parking space for newly-formed workshop units. The council will receive £20,000 for this land from City Property Glasgow Investments Limited.

Another approved disposal was for the former schoolhouse of St Paul’s Primary at 1333 Dumbarton Road - the three-bedroom bungalow with garden will be purchased for £200,000 from the council by Whiteinch and Scotstoun Housing Association and then used as social housing.

Also approved was the disposal of a flat at 55 Walton Street in Shawlands, to Southside Housing Association, which will pay the council £150,000 and use the flat for social housing.

The next approval was the former Davislea Care Home - to Linthouse Housing Association - at Mallaig Road in Drumoyne. The vacant building is in a very poor condition, and the housing association will demolish it to build 25 homes for social rent on the site and pay the council £87,500.

The council has also disposed of the former two-storey, three-bedroom janitor’s house for Whitehill Secondary on Onslow Drive to Milnbank Housing Association for £225,000, with the existing protected tenancy to remain.

The final disposal is for a ground-floor and basement flat at 46 Melville Street in Pollokshields, with the council receiving £340,000 from Southside Housing Association.

The CPO of the house at 35 Strowan Crescent in Sandyhills will allow the semi-detached property to be transferred to West of Scotland Housing Association, who will undertake the necessary repairs and refurbishment before making it available as a family home for social rent.

Councillor Ruairi Kelly, convener for neighbourhood assets at Glasgow City Council, said: “Once again, we have shown that by working with our partners across the city, we can bring vacant and underused properties and sites back to life and offer much-needed homes for social rent. We are in the midst of a housing emergency, and the continuation of our work on this will not only give more people a home, but also raise funds for the council in a time of challenging public finances.”

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