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New Glasgow homes to help enhance community cohesion
Steve Heywood, media manager
Much needed affordable homes in the Bellahouston area of the city have been handed over to local residents.
The homes, on North Gower Street, are part of a 36-home development in the south west end of Glasgow aimed at helping people from the area remain in the area.
The homes have been delivered by housing association Home Group, in partnership with developer AS Homes (Scotland) Ltd.
The homes sit on the site of the former Bellahouston Academy swimming baths which has been redeveloped to provide much-needed accommodation for the community.
The high-quality development includes a mix of one and two bedroom flats with patios, private garden spaces and communal areas.
New resident Usman Butt got the keys to his new two bedroom adapted flat just this week (January 22).
The 42-year-old said: “I love this area and to have place here is fantastic. I’ve had a tough few years with illness and because of that I have not had a place to call my own, and have had to stay with my mother.
“But, moving into my new adapted flat will give me the independence I’ve been craving and hopefully a brighter road ahead than the one I’ve been on recently.
“I’m so grateful to Home in Scotland for giving me this place, and the support I’ve received from them during the process.”
The homes have been designed to meet Glasgow’s gold hybrid standard for suitability. The development incorporates sustainable methods to maximise energy-efficiency, including solar PV panels and high-performance double-glazed windows.
Andrew Campbell, development and delivery manager at Home Group, said: “Home Group has been delivering a significant amount of social housing and affordable homes across Glasgow for a number of years. This development at Bellahouston is yet another example of building the right homes in the right places.
“We know how important it is to help people who were brought up in their communities to remain in their communities.”
Kieran Sexton, commercial director at AS Homes Scotland, said: “Strengthening our long standing relationship with Home Group, we’re excited to provide local people with new sustainable homes which will bring major benefits to the community.
“Bellahouston offers a dynamic location where families can grow and enjoy everything they need right on their doorstep. But like many other areas in the city and beyond, there is a noticeable need for quality homes. This development represents another step in our journey to helping tackle Glasgow’s housing emergency and we look forward to progressing an exciting pipeline of new homes in 2024.”