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Derelict home brought back to life

This article was first published on: 24 November 2017

Renovation of a property in Divernia Way, Barrhead.

Phil Daws, Councillor Devlin - Divernia Way

We have continued our commitment to delivering additional affordable housing in the area, with the renovation of a property in Divernia Way, Barrhead.

The property previously lay derelict for almost ten years following extensive fire damage.  The now three bedroom property has been completely renovated following a compulsory purchase order and investment from the Council.

A range of external and internal work has been carried out to give this home a new lease of life. Inside the home this has included replacement stairs, ceilings, floors windows, central heating and a modern kitchen and bathroom. Externally the roof and roughcast has been repaired and loft insulated, new external stairs to the property and slabbing and fencing in the garden.

I am delighted that we have been able to turn this derelict site into a warm and safe house to add to our housing stock. Not only will this be a wonderful home for an East Renfrewshire family, but it has transformed the environment around it and removed an eyesore. We are committed to continue to provide affordable housing in the area and will use a number of strategies to achieve this. Plans to build 120 new council homes are underway, we have bought properties from the market to rent and will also use compulsory purchase orders where appropriate.   This property is a great example of how these orders can be used successfully for the good of the area and its residents.

Councillor Danny Devlin - Convenor of Housing and Maintenance

The completion of this project follows the news that East Renfrewshire Council's Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP) 2018/19 - 2022/23 has been approved by Councillors and will deliver almost 700 affordable homes across the authority over the next five years.

The Council house build project is also moving with momentum following approval in 2016. Construction on the first sites will commence in early 2018, with homes set to be available in late 2018. This first phase of construction includes sites at Robertson Street and Fenwick Drive in Barrhead, followed by a third site at Blackbyres Court, Barrhead. 

The authority is also currently considering feedback from a recent consultation on the way it lets its homes, after our proposal to move to a 'Choice Based Letting' (CBL) approach. The 'Homeseeker' service would see authority-owned homes available for rent open to view on the Council website.  Residents would then be able to bid on these based on their pre-allocated priority group. This approach is used successfully by a number of councils and housing associations in Scotland, and is more transparent. 

Results from the consultation will be available in the first quarter of 2018. 


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