New community takes shape through affordable homes in Ayr

 15 November 2018  |  

Plans to create a new community in South Ayrshire are now well underway as work to transform a prominent gap site in Ayr gathers pace. The South Ayrshire Council project will see 26 properties built on the site of the former Whitletts Primary.

The £3.9 million plans will see a mix of homes built, ranging from cottage flats through to townhouses facing onto Main Road. The development is being funded by the Scottish Government's Housing Subsidy programme, South Ayrshire Council, and income generated from Council Tax levied on second homes.

Councillor Philip Saxton, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Wellbeing said the development would make a major impact, "Generations of people will remember the site as the old Whitletts Primary School but the area's being transformed through this ambitious project to create new affordable homes.

"With the street line completed by flats the housing behind will make the best use of the available space, creating a safe, bright environment for tenants and residents, while providing social housing which meets the needs of the local community.

"It's encouraging to see such steady progress already and I look forward to welcoming the first people to their new homes at this time next year. These homes are the latest in our pipeline of projects to help create 1,000 new affordable homes over a five year period."

To allow the project to proceed a block of four Council flats on James Brown Avenue were demolished to allow for access to the site. The three affected tenants have been given the option of returning to the new development once it's been completed in September 2019.