Wheatley Group has announced one of the largest affordable housebuilding programmes in the UK which will see 5,500 new homes built across Scotland by 2026. The new homes will be a mix of social and mid-market rent, including properties built to wheelchair standard and accommodation to help older people live independently for longer in their own homes.
Wheatley, which was named the UK’s largest builder of social rented homes for four consecutive years, has already built more than 4,000 affordable homes in the last five years. Last year alone and despite the adversity caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, Scotland’s leading housing, care and property management group completed 413 new homes (329 for social rent and 84 for mid-market rent) in Glasgow, West Lothian, West Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh and Dumfries & Galloway.
Helping to transform lives of residents
Tom Barclay, Director of Property and Development at Wheatley Group, said: “We’re delighted with the progress of our new-build programme, especially during one of the most challenging years for the construction industry.”
“Our continued investment in affordable housing allows us to make a real contribution to housing at a national level. This type of investment is only possible due to our size and scale and by working with our strategic partners, including local authorities and the Scottish Government.
“Our new-build programme has already made a real and lasting difference to communities all over Scotland, and the new homes we’re building will help transform the lives of those who live in them.”
In the pipeline
Work is currently underway to build 1,229 homes on 25 sites, with 16 more sites in development.
Due for completion this year there are nearly 700 new homes across south and central Scotland, from Glasgow to Dumfries, Edinburgh to Clydebank and Livingston to Stranraer.
These sites include 146 West Lothian Housing Partnership (WLHP) homes in Almondvale, Livingston; 48 Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) homes in Kennishead, Glasgow, and 58 Loretto Housing homes in Bishopton.
Wheatley’s largest new-build project to deliver more than 300 homes at West Craigs in Edinburgh also starts this autumn. The new development will see 168 homes for social rent and 132 for mid-market rent being built by Dunedin Canmore over the next five years. The homes will be then let and managed by Lowther, who are also part of Wheatley Group.
DGHP is currently on-site delivering 74 homes, with plans for 800 social rent homes over the next five years.