Handover marks completion of Demondale regeneration project

The completion of Angus Council’s regeneration of Demondale in Arbroath was marked on Friday with the handover of four newly built homes in Noran Avenue.

A transformation of the area has taken place over the last 12 years or so, with a succession of housing renewals and environmental improvements. The aim is to enhance the physical landscape and surroundings in Demondale and provide a better environment and better opportunities for people living there.

The latest homes were completed by Bancon Construction and handed over to the council earlier in the month. They replace older, less attractive buildings with brand new, energy-efficient homes that will better meet the needs of current waiting list applicants.

Angus Council housing spokesperson, Cllr Lois Speed, said: “It is good to see tenants settling in to their new accommodation and surroundings at Noran Avenue and to see how the regeneration programme has improved the quality of life for local residents and transformed the area into a place that people can be proud to call home.

“We want to make sure people have great places to live – that is about more than just bricks and mortar – it’s about providing people with a safe and stable environment to help set the foundation for better educational attainment, and training and employment opportunities. It’s about helping to improve health and wellbeing, combating poverty, and helping boost the local economy through investment.”

The regeneration project has improved the quality of amenity space in Demondale, through better parking and landscaping that complement the new homes. These areas will be readily available for local people to use to take forward initiatives as part of the council’s sustainable food strategy - a high priority for the Arbroath Locality Partnership.

Two of the newly-build properties are suitable for households that have medical needs, in accordance with the council’s Local Housing Strategy target of having 20% of new-build affordable housing suitable for particular needs.

The new homes will also contribute to the ambitious target to provide over 600 new supply affordable properties in Angus over the next five years in partnership with the Scottish Government and a number of housing associations operating in the area.

Gavin Currie, managing director of Bancon Construction, said: “We have worked closely with Angus Council on the design and build of four bespoke, energy efficient houses at Noran Avenue in Arbroath, which includes accessible properties that have been fully adapted to accommodate wheelchairs. We were extremely pleased to be awarded the contract by Angus Council, which reflects our experience in constructing high quality buildings for residential and healthcare use.”

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