Lowther Homes tenants thrilled with new Glasgow affordable homes
Tenants are celebrating moving in to their affordable new homes in the south side of Glasgow.
GHA, part of Wheatley Group, built 32 homes – a mix of mid-market rent and shared equity ownership - in partnership with its sister organisation Lowther Homes on the site of the old St Julie’s Primary School in Croftfoot Road.
The mid-market rent properties are available to people who are working and earning between £15,000 and £40,000. It offers alternative affordable housing for those on a modest income and 13 of the new tenants were previously on a waiting list for social housing.
Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, who is also a councillor for the area, visited the site and spoke to new tenant Emma McLuckie. New parents Emma and Peter McLuckie moved in at the start of the year and baby Charlie arrived in March.
Emma, 27, said: “We were struggling to find an affordable home to rent and we had been on the waiting list for a home with GHA for four years.
“We had been living with Peter’s parents before we moved in, and it was a bit cramped. When I got the call to say we had got one of these fantastic houses I burst into tears. I can’t believe how lucky we are.”
GHA chair Gordon Sloan said: “These brand new homes will give people another option to get good-quality homes they can afford.”
Lowther Homes chair Ronnie Jacobs added: “With rents from £500, the homes are not only affordable, but also offer energy saving features such as solar panels and sun spaces which will help to reduce residents’ energy bills.”
Glasgow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: “I used to work as a housing manager and I know from personal and professional experience the positive impact access to quality housing can have. My family moved from the Gorbals to new housing in Castlemilk when I was a child and it really did improve our quality of life and prospects. So it’s wonderful to be able to witness this new community being created today offering people modern, energy efficient and aspirational homes. My congratulations to everyone involved in building this superb development and my very best wishes to those lucky enough to live here.”
City Building, as part of its contract with GHA, created 22 full-time jobs, as well as 13 apprenticeships for local people.
Councillor Maureen Burke, chair of City Building, said: “The development at Croftfoot Road that City Building helped deliver in partnership with Lowther Homes will help those who are currently finding it difficult to secure properties to have an affordable, quality, energy efficient home with manageable rents and bills.
“We are very pleased with dedication and hard work shown by the entire team in delivering this project and it’s great to hear that Mr and Mrs McLuckie are happy with their new home.”