Sod cutting event marks beginning of construction work on a North Lanarkshire Council houses in Coltness
A sod cutting event took place to mark the beginning of construction work on a new council housing development in Coltness.
Robertson Partnership Homes is building 20 properties for North Lanarkshire Council at Innerleithen Drive, Walkerburn Drive and North Kilmeny Crescent, Coltness.
The £2.7 million development comprises one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom houses and cottage flats. Two properties are fully wheelchair standard.
The properties are the latest phase of the NL Homes programme to build more than 2,000 new homes – one of the biggest council house building programmes in Scotland in a generation.
Housing Convener, Councillor Barry McCulloch attended the sod cutting. He said: “NL Homes supports our vision to provide affordable, good quality homes within safe and sustainable communities for the people of North Lanarkshire.
“I am very proud that we have been able to commit investment in new and improved housing while managing to keep rents well below the Scottish local authority average.
“I look forward to seeing more sites taking shape and becoming part of local communities. I’m confident we'll continue to deliver on our pledge to build more modern affordable homes for North Lanarkshire's residents.”
All of the homes achieve at least a 'good’ eco rating to help minimise running costs for tenants. In addition, they meet Housing for Varying Needs specification which means homes are more accessible to adapt to tenants’ mobility needs. The homes are also 'Secured by Design’ accredited, which involves Police Scotland architectural liaison officers having input into the layout and designs to ensure we build safe and secure environments.
Stewart Shearer, managing director, Robertson Partnership Homes, said: “With construction work now underway at Coltness, people across North Lanarkshire can begin to look forward to new affordable homes of the highest quality.
“Over the course of the next six months, we will deliver 20 homes at the site – engaging with the local communities throughout and transforming the affordable housing sector across the region. ”
A contribution is received from the Scottish Government towards the development costs at each site.