Kingdom Housing Association has completed 69 houses across Clackmannanshire in the last 18 months and is poised to deliver a further 31 affordable homes for social rent when current construction completes on the Association’s site at Delph Road, Tullibody.
Kingdom recently completed 16 homes at Primrose Place, Alloa, for mid-market rent and priority for the new two-bedroomed flats is given to eligible applicants, who are likely to be employed and find it difficult to access other housing tenures.
Miss Lynn Syme, who moved into one of the new homes at Primrose Place, said: “We were thrilled to be offered a kingdom Housing home, our life is much more chilled now.”
On a visit to the completed Primrose Place project, council leader Councillor Les Sharp said: “The council is working with our partners to deliver new affordable housing throughout Clackmannanshire, and we’re delighted that these new homes in Alloa town centre now have happy tenants. Kingdom is one of our social landlord partners, and working with them we are investing council funds and funding from the Scottish Government to ensure that new high quality houses are being built every year.
“Recent funding announcements mean that tor the next three years we will have an average of £5.65 million a year to invest, an increase of more than 50% on last year. This will see new homes built for residents across the county as part of our Strategic Housing Investment Plan, including Tullibody, Alloa and Clackmannan.”
Bill Banks, Kingdom’s group chief executive, said: “The new homes at Primrose Place and Delph Road will help meet the local needs for both social and mid-market rent and represent a total investment of over £7m in the area.”
Noting that Kingdom completed its first Clackmannanshire as recently as February 2016, in which 27 new homes were provided for social rent at The Tannery, Tullibody, Bill added: “Kingdom has only been developing in Clackmannanshire for a relatively short period and we are very pleased to be working collaboratively with Clackmannanshire Council, to help meet the need and demand for affordable housing in the area.”
The Scottish Government provided Kingdom with around £3.5m funding to support development of Primrose Place and Delph Road, Tullibody Phase 2.
Nine of the homes in second phase of the Delph Road project have been designed to amenity standard and will suit older people. Two, 3-bedroom houses have also been designed to full wheelchair standard and the balance is a mix of 2, 3, and 4 bedroom family homes.
The Delph Road project will be completed in the Summer of 2018 and all the new homes have been developed to Kingdom’s normal high quality standards including Housing for Varying Needs, Building Standards Silver Sustainability and Secured by Design.
The energy efficient homes include ventilation, gas and waste water heat recovery systems to help tenants reduce their fuel bills and improve their indoor air quality.
Demand for both projects is very high, however interested applicants can contact Kingdom to check their eligibility and for more information on how to apply for one of the new homes.