Work begins on new affordable homes in West Lothian
Wheatley Group develop 96 homes as part of expansion of Winchburgh, West Lothian.
Work has started on almost 100 homes for social rent on the outskirts of Edinburgh.West Lothian Housing Partnership (WLHP), part of Wheatley Group, and West Lothian Council are building a total of 96 new affordable homes as part of the major expansion of Winchburgh village.
The new homes are part of the £1billion redevelopment and expansion of Winchburgh. It will see the historic village transformed with a new town centre – as well as new schools, healthcare facilities, leisure and play areas and up to 3450 new homes over the next 20 years.
WLHP is building 55 homes for social rent on the site, a mix of 36 flats and 19 terraced family homes, while West Lothian Council is adding another 41. WLHP’s £7million development is part-funded by a £3m grant from the Scottish Government. The 55 WLHP homes are due to be finished at the end of 2018.
West Lothian Council Leader Lawrence Fitzpatrick said:
“West Lothian Council is building 1,000 new council homes and, since 2009, we have built more council homes than any other local authority in Scotland.
“Winchburgh is one of West Lothian’s core development areas and a key part of the area’s expansion is to provide affordable housing council housing for local people. We are delighted that the construction of these new homes is under way and look forward to seeing local people move into these much needed affordable homes in the near future.”
WLHP Chair, John M Hill, said:
“We’re delighted to be building our first homes in Winchburgh and to work in partnership with West Lothian Council to deliver these much needed new homes.
“Social housing is an important part of any development, and means everyone has the chance to share in the success of this new town. West Lothian Housing Partnership is proud to play its part in shaping Winchburgh Village for generations to come.”
The project is part of WLHP’s plans to almost double its’ housing stock between 2017 and 2021. A further 42 homes for mid-market rent are currently being built at Jarvey Street in Bathgate.
Gary Climson, Managing Director of McTaggart Construction, said:
“We are currently building homes for social rent across West Lothian, for both Wheatley and the Council, and value the partnership we have built together. Our Sustainable Communities Programme is generating training and employment opportunities for local people, ensuring this project delivers benefit to the community beyond bricks and mortar.”
West Lothian Council Leader, Councillor Lawrence Fitzpatrick, and Chair of West Lothian Housing Partnership (WLHP) John M Hill, with representatives from West Lothian Council, Wheatley Group and McTaggart Construction.