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Work starts on new housing development in Chirnside

The 25-unit development at The Glebe/Glebe Place will be a mix of housing types, suitable for individuals and families.

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Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA) has said that its vision of creating thriving rural communities is there for all to see as work has started on a new affordable housing development in Chirnside.

The 25-unit development at The Glebe/Glebe Place will be a mix of housing types, suitable for individuals and families. The development was previously a greenfield site on the southern edge of the village.

This new development, being built by Hart Builders, is part of a larger 1.4 hectare zone, identified in Scottish Borders Council’s local development plan as a proposed housing site. The houses are due for completion in 2019.

BHA owns the site, which has been divided into two development areas. The larger part of the development will have a series of semi-detached two, three and four-bedroom homes, facing north and south, all looking onto the main street and each having private front and rear gardens and parking spaces between them. A total of 42 car parking spaces are proposed.

There will also be a courtyard space on the larger development, with one and two-bed cottage flats, plus a three-bedroom wheelchair accessible home at ground-floor level with its own dedicated parking space. Each flat will have its own front door.

In the smaller development area, two semi-detached three-bedroom family homes are planned to the south side of Erskine Place. It is proposed that these two homes will make use of existing adopted on-street parking.

The housing association acknowledges that the site is relatively steeply sloped, and the design plan ensures level access from the pavement into all properties.

Jean Gray, BHA’s Operations Director, said:

“BHA has recognised the Scottish Government’s commitment to addressing the national shortage of affordable homes and has set itself a target to build approximately 100 new homes for social rent by 2020.

“With a focus on delivering as many affordable homes as possible in Berwickshire, it is important for BHA to remain committed to building quality, safe, energy efficient homes for our tenants.

“Demand for an affordable home to rent continues to be high in the area, so it is important that we do everything we can to ensure that people can get access to an affordable home for life.

“The successful delivery of our development programme relies on wider collaborative working with contractor partners, local authorities and the Scottish Government. Following the success of our recently completed project in Duns, BHA is proud to continue to work with architects Smith Scott Mullen Associates and Hart Builders to build new homes that are not only affordable but are modern, spacious and have high standards of insulation that will make a significant contribution to help tackle the issue of fuel poverty.

“Chirnside is a great place to live, and we are pleased to be able to contribute towards the sustainability of the community for the future.”

Gill Henry, Head of Business Development for Hart Builders (Edinburgh) Ltd, said:

“Hart Builders are delighted to be working with Berwickshire Housing Association, developing their latest new build project at Chirnside. This is the second of three projects we are delivering together in 18 months, providing 82 highly energy efficient homes in Chirnside, Eyemouth and Duns.

“The benefit of delivering three projects in partnership over a longer period is that it allows us to ensure local sub-contractors are given greater opportunities to work with us as part of our well established supply chain and really benefit from the investment these projects will bring to the local economy.

“We also hope to build on our existing relationships with local schools and employment agencies and offer job shadowing and work experience placements to provide hands-on experience and new routes into the many rewarding career opportunities available within the construction industry.”

BHA’s plans for phase four of their Todlaw development  in Duns are also gathering pace. Its planning application for a further 27 units is almost ready to be submitted to Scottish Borders Council’s Planning Department for approval, and it is currently in discussions with the existing tenants and other householders in the vicinity.

Pictured: BHA Operations Director Jean Gray and Gill Henry, Business Development Manager, Hart Builders.