Work starts on retirement living development in Paisley

Craig Sanderson (left) and Cllr Williams
Craig Sanderson (left) and Cllr Williams

Link Group Ltd has begun the £4 million development of 38 ‘independent retirement living’ flats at Cotton Street, Paisley which will be available by August 2016.

The one and two-bedroom flats, for social rent and shared equity sale, are aimed at people aged 60 and above seeking to down size to a property which is more suited to their needs now and in the future.

Each flat will be designed to meet the needs of independent retirement living with three properties meeting wheelchair-user standards. Residents will also have access to common facilities, including a common lounge, a guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

The project was developed in partnership with Renfrewshire Council utilising funding from the Scottish Government and will be built by Westpoint Homes.

The properties will meet Link design standards for affordable housing. Each home has gas central heating, high thermal insulation and double glazing to create warm, comfortable and energy-efficient homes that will be easy and economical to run.

Link has already provided 30 new homes for sale at the Cotton Street development and has recently completed another 31 units for rent and sale at the nearby Arnotts building.

Craig Sanderson, Link Group chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have been supported by the Scottish Government and Renfrewshire Council to enable us to continue to build new, high quality homes. This new development is part of our strategy to make sure we build new housing which is designed to meet the changing needs, demands and aspirations of older people.”

Councillor Tommy Williams, convener of Renfrewshire Council’s housing and community safety policy board, said: “I’m delighted to be working with our partners at Link on this project which is part of our ambitious plan to build 1000 new affordable homes across Renfrewshire by 2020 and to broaden the housing choices available to people across the area.

“This is a unique development specifically aimed at providing quality new affordable homes for older people to rent and to buy. The site at Cotton Street is a great location within the heart of Paisley town centre with excellent access to all the local amenities. Along with the new properties already completed at Cotton Street and the nearby Arnotts site, this housing development is also playing a significant part in the current regeneration of the town centre.”



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