Village in affordable housing boost

An image of one of the Strichen homes which will be available for social rent.
An image of one of the Strichen homes which will be available for social rent.

A dozen new, affordable homes are being built in an Aberdeenshire village.

Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association is creating ten, three-bedroom houses and two one-bedroom flats in Strichen, with all 12 properties available for social rent.

GRAHAM Construction is building the homes for Sanctuary and began work on site in September. The £1.65 million project, due to complete in summer 2015, will help to address the acute shortage of affordable housing in the North-East of Scotland.

The Strichen homes complement the 62 high priority units GRAHAM Construction is building for Aberdeenshire Council and Sanctuary Scotland in Peterhead.

The £7.6 million development on the site of the town’s former Craigewan nursing home is also being project managed by Sanctuary.

Roddy Macdonald, Sanctuary’s head of development - Scotland, said: “This project was widely welcomed by Strichen residents and will soon provide much-needed affordable housing in the village.

“We continue to work in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council to improve the area’s housing stock, and look forward to delivering 74 social homes in 2015 across Strichen and Peterhead.”

Local housing provider Tenants First will manage the Strichen homes, locatednext to the village school. The Scottish Government provided £771,000 and Aberdeenshire Council £140,000 in grant funding towards the project.

Councillor Karen Clark, Aberdeenshire Council’s chair of housing and social work, said: “The developments in Strichen and Peterhead are part of a significant commitment by Aberdeenshire Council to increase the amount of affordable housing across Aberdeenshire which I am sure will be warmly welcomed by people in these communities.”

Foundation work will continue in Strichen before the first housing kits are erected. The Peterhead project, which also began on site in September, is due to complete in autumn 2015.

GRAHAM Construction’s regional director Gary Holmes said: “It is fantastic for GRAHAM to be working on these high profile projects for one the biggest housing providers in the UK.

“These are very important projects for the local communities and we are extremely proud to be involved in the regeneration of these areas.”