Housing minister visits Mactaggart & Mickel Group's Carrongrove development

The completion of a £3.2 million affordable new homes development, delivered in Carrongrove, Denny as part of the award-winning National Housing Trust initiative (NHT), was marked by a visit from the Minister for Housing and Welfare, Margaret Burgess.

The Minister met Carrongrove tenants at the development, which was secured through a partnership between Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd, Falkirk Council, Scottish Futures Trust and the Scottish Government. 

The 27 NHT units range from two-bedroom apartments to two bedroom terraced houses and are available solely for mid-market rent - a form of affordable housing for households with a low or modest income which allows tenants to pay rent levels below the normal market rent level in their area.

Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess said: “It is my belief that everyone should live in a comfortable home which doesn’t cost the earth to keep.

“Over 1,300 homes have already been approved through the National Housing Trust initiative in communities across Scotland.  The completion of this £3.2 million development will provide a further 27 much needed homes for mid-market rent in Denny.

“The Scottish Government is working with partners to stimulate growth, maximise our investment in housing and deliver on our target of 30,000 new, affordable homes over the lifetime of this Parliament.

“It is a key priority for this government to continue to maximise investment in housing through new funding models such as the guarantee-based National Housing Trust.”

Link Group Ltd is overseeing the management and maintenance of the development and since completion, tenants have been eager to secure a residence at Carrongrove with all of the 27 units now let.

Carrongrove resident, Laura Ross, who welcomed Margaret Burgess into her home, said:We love our new house.   We’ve made some great new friends here, one of the things we love the most is the great community feel that the development offers. 

“NHT has given us the opportunity to live in a new home with a very reasonable rent which will allow us to save so that we can purchase our home in five years’ time.”

Liz Hamilton, Land Manager for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd, said: “This project was one of the first in Scotland to be structured through the NHT scheme and it has proved to be successful for all the partners involved. It also serves to demonstrate how the public and private sector in Scotland is capable of working well together to achieve great things.“

Christa Reekie, Commercial Director, Scottish Futures Trust stated: “I am delighted that the NHT programme has once again provided high quality housing for affordable rent- this time in the Falkirk area. Key to the NHT’s continued success are the strong partnership and working relationships that are being created among Scottish Government, Scottish Futures Trust, councils and house builders right across Scotland.

“Importantly, without the NHT programme in place, these homes would not have been built. Their construction is also helping to safeguard hundreds of vital jobs at numerous buildings sites across Scotland, whilst ensuring a supply of properties at affordable rent for people who would spend a disproportionate part of their income in the private sector rental market.”

Jennifer Litts, Head of Housing Services at Falkirk Council said “Participation in NHT helps Falkirk Council increase its supply of affordable housing. This project widens the range of housing options available to those seeking rented accommodation within the Falkirk Council area.”

The 27 units form part of a wider site purchase for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd, which includes plans to regenerate the derelict site, formerly a paper mill, by building an additional 156 private units in due course.

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