Joint venture lands bank loan to build 140 homes on former campus

A Bank of Scotland development loan has paved the way for the delivery of more than 140 new homes at a former college site in Clackmannanshire.

A joint venture between housebuilder Ediston Homes and the Housing Growth Partnership (HGP) secured a bank loan to build 145 homes in Sauchie.

The 14-acre site is the former Forth Valley College campus, which was closed in 2012 and demolished.

The development called Devongrange will bring a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached houses of between two and four bedrooms, while 10 homes will be transferred to a registered social landlord.

The deal, the value of which was not disclosed, is the fourth between the Bank of Scotland commercial real estate team and HGP and has helped to deliver 409 homes with £17 million in funding, as well as being the second agreement between the bank and Ediston Homes.

Neal Jamieson, director of Ediston Real Estate, said: “Our vision is for the Ediston Homes brand to become a thriving part of our group by targeting a significant volume of completions every year of critically needed housing supply across Scotland.

“This is its second scheme, following the success of Chesser in Edinburgh, and the support of the HGP and Bank of Scotland is enabling us to realise our strong growth plans.”

Graeme Steel, associate director, Bank of Scotland commercial real estate, said: “Helping new entrants break into the housebuilding sector is an important piece of the puzzle in tackling the under supply of family housing. Ediston is an expert operator in the UK property market and backing them to succeed in the housing sector will help deliver significant benefits to the wider Scottish economy.

“And we’re proud to be once again teaming up with HGP for another significant transaction.”

The Housing Growth Partnership is a joint venture between Lloyds Banking Group – the Bank of Scotland’s parent company – and Homes England. It was formed in 2015 with a £50m commitment to invest equity in residential development, with the aim of supporting the construction of more than 2,000 homes across the UK.

Ross Baird, investment manager at HGP, added: “Our investment alongside Ediston Homes in the Devongrange development will see a good volume of family housing come forward. It also represents our first investment with Ediston and helps them towards their goal of becoming a prominent regional player.

“We’re excited to see the ‘design by streets’ development come forward and the positive impact it will have on the local community.”

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