New council house plans go on show

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Exciting plans to build the first council houses on Arran in a generation will be unveiled to the public later this month.

North Ayrshire Council is building around 26 new homes to the rear of Brathwic Terrace, Brodick, as it seeks to help address the social housing shortage on the island, first revealed by the Banner a year ago.

The development forms part of the council’s vision to deliver more than 1,000 new properties across North Ayrshire by 2023 – one of the most ambitious Council house building programmes in the UK.

Now the development plans are to be unveiled and residents are invited to attend a special consultation event being hosted by the council’s housing services at the Ormidale Pavilion in Brodick, on Wednesday, 19 September, between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

The event will allow people to obtain information about the project, give their views on the plans and discuss proposed building works. Residents who live within 250m of the development site should receive letters informing them of the consultation event.

The Brathwic Terrace development will be the first council houses to be built on the island for more than 30 years and have been welcomed as there is a severe shortage of affordable homes for young adults and families.

There are approximately 2,100 households on Arran, yet only about 16 per cent, or 342, as social housing properties, operated by the Trust Housing Association. They plan 20 new houses at a site at Springbank Farm by 2020/2021.

Cabinet member for place, councillor Jim Montgomerie, said: ‘We’re very excited about the plans to build new housing on Arran. We are well aware of the problems surrounding the lack of social housing on the island and while this new development won’t eliminate the problem, it will be a major step towards addressing the issue.

‘Across North Ayrshire, we’re well on track to build more than 1,000 new Council houses by 2023 and in the process, help transform communities and change people’s lives for the better.’

Those unable to attend the consultation event, as well those on the housing register and interested tenants, will be able to view the proposals online from September 20 at www.northayrshire.community/consultations/open-consultations where they will also be able to add their comments.

 

The site behind Brathwic Terrace where the new houses will be built. 01_B37housing01