Plans are progressing to build 135 new Council houses across two developments in Gallowhill and Johnstone.

Renfrewshire Council has awarded the design and build contracts to McTaggart Construction with public consultation events taking place later in May.

In Gallowhill, the £13.7million development will deliver 65 homes at a vacant site off Montgomery Road.

There are 70 homes planned in Johnstone at a £14.2million development on the site of the former Cochrane Castle Primary School.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities and Housing Policy Board said: “I’m really excited by these two hugely important new developments.

“New houses in Gallowhill will add to the local council housing supply, meeting the need for affordable homes while enhancing the local area.

“In Johnstone the homes are part of wider work to develop the area known locally as Howwood Road. We’re working with people living here to deliver new council houses and make improvements to existing homes so the close-knit community can stay together and live in warm and welcoming homes.”

Both newbuild developments will provide a mix of property types and sizes including cottage flats with direct access and garden areas, bungalows and houses.

Many will be wheelchair-accessible and include 5-bedroom Council homes for the first time.

They are being built to meet the highest standards in energy efficiency, coming complete with air source heat pumps and solar panels.

The new builds add to high levels of continued investment being made in current council houses across Renfrewshire delivering a range of improvements including new kitchens and bathrooms, heating systems and roof repairs.

Councillor Marie McGurk added: “Having heat pumps instead of gas boilers will make the new homes really energy efficient and is a key milestone in our work towards making Renfrewshire net zero.

“I look forward to seeing progress on these developments and continuing our significant investment in council housing, with £41million being spent this year on improvements to 1200 homes.”

Both developments are supported by £19.8million from the Scottish Government’s affordable housing programme.

Housing Minister Paul McLennan said: “These 135 new Council homes in Gallowhill and Johnstone, backed by almost £20million of Scottish Government funding, will play a valuable role in boosting the affordable housing supply in Renfrewshire.

“Everyone deserves a warm and safe place to call home and these high-quality, energy efficient properties will help to meet the needs of the local community for generations to come.

“Good quality housing is essential to attract and retain people in our communities. We remain focused on delivering at least 110,000 affordable homes across Scotland by 2032 and at least 70% of these will be for social rent.”

McTaggart Construction are carrying out community consultation events before submitting planning applications later this year, with construction scheduled to start next year.

Drop-in public consultation events to discuss each development with the housebuilder are in Johnstone on Wednesday 22 May from 3pm to 7pm at Thorn Athletic Sports Academy (Thomas Shanks Park, Greenend Avenue, Johnstone, PA5 0LE).

The Gallowhill event is at Gallowhill Community Centre (166 Netherhill Road, Paisley, PA3 4SF) from 3pm to 7pm on Tuesday 28 May 2024.

McTaggart Construction managing director Janice Russell said: “We are delighted to be involved in both developments and look forward to working with the community and potential tenants to understand their needs and aspirations.

“Our collaborative and consultative approach with our partners helps us build quality homes that make a positive difference to people and the community.

“We would encourage everyone to come to the drop-in sessions and give us their views on how the developments should take shape before we submit the planning applications.”

Visit the Consultation section of the Council website for more details.

The Council has delivered 315 new build council homes across Renfrewshire in recent years, with developments completed in Bishopton, Johnstone and Ferguslie Park in Paisley.

There’s also a decade-long regeneration and renewal programme underway benefiting around 1600 homes across eight areas.

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