Perth charitable trust lines up affordable housing plan

Gannochy EstateA charitable trust has lodged plans to build affordable homes as part of a proposed £25 million package of investment in Perth.

Following an extensive consultation with the local community, the Gannochy Trust has made a full planning application for the development of 48 houses within the existing Gannochy Estate in the city.

The scheme concludes a move first mooted five years ago when the Trust marked its 75th anniversary and set the aim of creating modern homes to meet current needs.

Each of the new homes will seek to fill the gap in the affordable sector, with the mix catering for those with mobility issues, small families and lower occupancy across a range of age groups.

The project is part of Perth’s legacy from the whisky industry and was initiated in 2012 to mark the Gannochy Trust’s 75th anniversary when the trustees decided to develop and extend the housing estate that was laid out between 1923 and 1931 by Arthur Kinmond Bell, the trust’s founder.

Trust chairman Dr James Kynaston said: “We were very encouraged to receive positive, constructive feedback from the community during our consultation period which helped shape the final proposal which we’ve submitted to Perth and Kinross Council.

“We are particularly proud to confirm that the key themes of the housing development underpin AK Bell’s original ethos while ensuring we provide the people of Perth with high quality affordable housing.

“Our application sets out the development of a lifetime neighbourhood, the provision of healthy homes for life, and the development of community greenspace and improved access to the countryside.”

Designed by Anderson Bell & Christie, the plans, part of a £25m investment over the next five years, comprise 38 two-bedroom homes, six one-bedroom homes and four fully wheelchair accessible three-bedroom homes.

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