Affordable homes provision among community benefits agreed for new Maidenhill community
Developers behind plans for a new community in Maidenhill, Newton Mearns, are to provide multiple pockets of land to facilitate the delivery of affordable housing as part of a range of newly agreed community benefits.
The framework outlining the additional requirements for the development of 834 new homes – between CALA Homes (West) and Taylor Wimpey West Scotland – has been confirmed with East Renfrewshire Council and early works activity is now under way.
The agreement will ensure the sensitive creation of the brand new neighbourhood, which the developers say is set to bring significant investment, and the creation of local jobs, to the area.
Other community benefits to be agreed for the Maidenhill project include:
- The creation of a range of properties from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom detached homes.
- Land and funding to facilitate the construction of Maidenhill Primary – a brand new non-denominational school offering 444 primary school places as well as 120 nursery places.
- A multi-use games area (MUGA) and 3G pitch within the school, and available for use by the wider community.
- Generous public open space throughout the development – equivalent to around 19 football pitches – including a linear green corridor and host of pocket parks.
- A contribution towards local community halls, sports grounds, sports halls and centres, libraries and community health and care provision.
- Contribution of land towards a community faith facility.
- Additional contributions towards off-site road improvements at Mearns Cross and sustainable transport.
Managing director of Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Willie Burns, said: “Reaching the conclusion of this agreement for Maidenhill marks another milestone on the journey towards creating a fantastic new community that will complement and become an extension to Newton Mearns’ existing neighbourhoods.
“We’ll be working closely with East Renfrewshire Council and the local community to ensure Newton Mearns reaps the benefits of our long-term investment in the area.”
Jim McIntyre, managing director of CALA Homes (West), added: “We take our responsibility to improve the local community seriously, and this is evident in our plans for Maidenhill. As well as retaining plenty of open green space and creating new homes designed in to the landscape, we are also providing land for much needed affordable housing, and land for a new on-site school – with additional investment planned for local infrastructure and facilities as the development progresses.”
East Renfrewshire Council leader, Tony Buchanan, said: “I am delighted that this development will deliver such fantastic benefits for the wider community. The MUGA and 3G pitch will be available for use by all our residents, which will be a fantastic facility for sport and recreation. It is also important that the site will deliver a mixture of private and affordable homes to meet the needs of the area.”