New council homes completed in Perth

DSC_0339Tenants have recently moved into brand new Perth & Kinross Council homes at Glenearn Road in Perth.

The new modern blocks, which contain four one-bedroom flats and four two-bedroom flats, welcomed their first occupants this week.

The flats are built to the highest standard. All windows and doors are triple glazed and they are insulated well to keep tenants warm and reduce heating bills.

DSC_0340To mark Scottish Housing Day last week, the council’s housing and communities convener, Councillor Peter Barrett, visited the new development, which cost over £1m, to speak to tenants about their new homes.

DSC_0348He said: “It’s fantastic to celebrate Scottish Housing Day and meet the new tenants who have moved into this quality accommodation built by the council. These properties will transform the lives of the new residents and enhance the surrounding neighbourhood.

“Building more quality affordable housing will be a priority for me as the new housing convener, and I’m very pleased to see the completion of this development on a key site in Perth. Previously the land housed four bungalows which had to be demolished, so we have increased the amount of accommodation on the site through this build.

“The council’s multi-million pound building programme, combined with our work supporting new builds through housing associations, has already seen over 500 new homes delivered right across Perth and Kinross since 2012. This figure includes over 200 new council homes. All of these new properties have been built to the very highest standards in areas where there is an acute shortage of affordable housing for local people.”

One of the new tenants at Glenearn Road, Erin Garry, 22, said: “This is my first flat and I’m really happy with it. It’s very spacious and the decoration and finish is lovely. The new flats are fantastic and I think I’m going to be very happy living here.”

DSC_0342The Glenearn Road development, delivered by contractor CCG, was funded in partnership by Perth & Kinross Council and the Scottish Government, as part of the council’s commitment to increase the supply of high-quality social housing in the area.

The council’s affordable house building programme has delivered new homes in the towns and settlements right across the region, including Methven, Scone, Alyth, Inchture, Blairgowrie, Auchterarder, Balbeggie, Rattray and in many sites in Perth. More new builds are in the pipeline, and new developments at Scone and Stanley recently began.

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