Project 1 - Building Affordable Homes
During the time a Community Development Trust was under discussion, two small brownfield sites became available and the possibility of developing affordable housing units emerged.
Major efforts were made to assess support for the project which included carrying out a major housing needs survey, and other consultation activities including exhibitions of the plans and drop-in sessions as indicated by the following information documents distributed to the local community. View SCAN Extra Branch End and SCAN Extra Guessburn.
Six units - 2 bungalows and 4 flats were built on the site at Guessburn whilst a single bungalow was built on the Branch End site. Planning permission was secured in September 2013 and construction finall got under way in March 2014.
More detailed information about each of the sites is given below.
The Guessburn site, formerly the home of the Snooker club, accommodates 6 of the 7 planned units and comprises two 2-bedroomed bungalows and four two-bedroomed flats. The arrangement of these buildings is shown in fig.2 and the floor plans in fig.3.
Parking, open space, landscaping and planting were an integral part of the project as was ecological mitigation and enhancement, which included erecting bird and bat boxes.
A huge benefit for the parish is that the £100,000 income from the sale of the snooker club is being re-invested in sports facilities via a major extension of the club house on the village sports field.
Keys for this development were handed over in early April and the official opening ceremnony was performed by Alan Milburn on Friday 1 May 2015. The story of the development can be accessed from the home page.
The last of the 7 homes was completed in July 2015. Fig 2 shows the SCATA chairman, Pete Duncan, with residents Elaine and Leslie Wilson outside their lovely new home.