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Housing Minister praises new Blackford homes

Thirty-eight new social properties developed by Hillcrest and Robertson Partnership Homes.

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Minister for Local Government and Housing Kevin Stewart MSP praised good quality, energy efficient, affordable homes when he visited a new housing estate in Blackford yesterday.

The 38 social housing properties were developed by Hillcrest Housing Association and Robertson Partnership Homes, which are both celebrating 50 years in operation this year, in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council.

Mr Stewart said:

“We recognise the challenges in developing affordable housing that suits the needs of the local community, so I’m delighted to see that this successful partnership has delivered high quality homes for the Perth and Kinross area.
“Good quality, energy efficient, affordable homes like these have a hugely positive impact on tenants’ quality of life, making a difference to people, their families and the wider community. 
“I would also like to congratulate Hillcrest Housing Association and Robertson Partnership Homes on their 50th year in operation.”

Whilst visiting the development, the Minister met with representatives from the companies who delivered the homes and some of the new tenants.

Mrs Hanslip, a tenant in the development, said:

“I’m delighted with my new home within this new neighbourhood.

“We were looking to move to a more suitable property which was all one level, so we were over the moon when we were offered this property. We have lived in the area for a number of years, so it is great to still be close to friends and family.” 

These are first social housing properties in Perthshire to feature Quantum Heating and triple glazing. The one, two and three-bedroom homes all meet the Scottish Government’s Greener Standard and benefit from solar panels, which minimise fuel bills and energy usage.

Stewart Shearer, Managing Director, Robertson Partnership Homes, said:

“It was a pleasure to join the Housing Minister and show him the high quality and energy efficient homes created at Blackford in partnership with Hillcrest Housing Association. 

“Prior to now, there was a distinct shortage of affordable homes in the area, and it is fantastic to see that the tenants have already settled in. 

“Robertson Partnership Homes, as one of Scotland’s largest affordable homes providers, believes it is important that the work we do brings lasting value to the communities we serve. We like to engage with local schools, community groups, building users and stakeholders on all our developments.”

Hillcrest’s Chief Executive Angela Linton said: 

“These properties mark another significant contribution to our on-going commitment to delivering top-quality affordable housing across Perth and Kinross.

“The high standard of the build we have delivered at Blackford is a credit to our partners’, Robertson Partnership Homes and Perth and Kinross Council, dedication to bringing people the housing they deserve.”

“Our winning partnership with Robertson stretches beyond delivering top class homes, and Hillcrest would also like to thank the developer for being the leading sponsor of our upcoming 50th anniversary celebration and charity event.” 

Hillcrest will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with an event to raise money for the charities Dundee Bairns and Move On. The event will take place on Friday 3 November 2017 at the Apex Hotel, Dundee.