Neglected city spot set for affordable family homes

27 Apr 2007

Evening Times, by Sarah Swain

Affordable family houses with up to four bedrooms are being built on derelict land in a once- neglected area of Glasgow.

The development in Govan is designed to help people get on the property ladder and revive an area where tenements were demolished six years ago.

Nearly 90 homes comprising four-bedroom terraced duplexes, three bedroom terraces, semi-detached villas and one and two bedroom flats are being built by Cruden Homes on Kintra Street.

A total of 66 will be rented out by Govan Housing Association and 23 will be for sale.

With prices due to be around £95,000 for a four-bedroom house - well below the Glasgow average of £155,000 - it's hoped the development will provide a great chance for struggling first-time buyers and families.

Govan Housing Association said the new homes will "totally transform" the area.

Director Germaine Hahn said: "We need to continually provide housing fit for the 21st century for the people of Govan to rent and buy and this development does just that."

The homes are part of a Communities Scotland and Glasgow City Council plan to encourage builders to create affordable housing.

Dick Carabine, chairman of Govan Community Council, also welcomed the development and hopes it will help other aspects of the area such as the shops to be revived.

He said: "Govan is crying out for the likes of this. We are in one of the worst poverty areas in Scotland. We need new housing."

Prospective buyers will have to meet a number of criteria.

Priority will be given to first-time buyers living in social rented accommodation, then first-time buyers from Govan.

 

Reproduced with the kind permission of Sarah Swain.

  • New homes at Kintra Street

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