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BHA gets go-ahead to build new homes in Duns

BHA to build 29 new affordable homes.

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Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA) is to build 29 affordable new energy efficient homes at Springfield Avenue, Duns, with work set to start this summer.

BHA purchased the site from Springfield Properties, one of Scotland’s leading housebuilders. The site purchase was funded by a Scottish Government grant and was supported by Scottish Borders Council (SBC). Planning permission has been given by SBC.

The Scottish Government has also given grant funding towards the construction of the new homes, with BHA funding the balance, and the work will be carried out by Springfield Properties. The development will contribute to SBC’s targets for much needed affordable housing for families in the Scottish Borders.

The development of 29 affordable homes will include a mix of house types comprising four cottage flats, 16 two-bedroomed houses and nine three-bedroomed homes. It is planned for these to be completed by summer 2020.

For the first time, BHA is working with Springfield Properties on the development. Springfield Properties is committed to using Borders suppliers whenever possible.

This development will help meet the demand for affordable housing and addresses the housing needs of the area. The new homes will be of a modern and spacious design and will have high standards of insulation, making them very energy efficient. This will also make a significant contribution towards helping tackle the issue of fuel poverty by keeping running costs low for tenants.

BHA’s Property Director Angela Taylor said: “BHA is delighted to be delivering these high quality affordable new homes in Duns, working with our partners the Scottish Government and Scottish Borders Council to provide much needed affordable housing in the area.

“We are looking forward to working with Springfield Properties on this project, our first development with them.”

Tom Leggeat, Springfield Properties Managing Director for affordable housing, said: “These homes, just off Springfield Avenue, will be highly energy efficient, keeping running costs low for customers. They are a short walk to the local shops and in a scenic, semi-rural location.

“The development will bring much needed homes to the area and create numerous job opportunities for local trades and suppliers.

“This is our first development specifically for affordable housing in the Borders and out first project with Berwickshire Housing Association. We’re looking forward to starting construction in the coming months.”

Pictured: The site at Springfield Avenue, Duns.