More new homes have been delivered as part of our Affordable Housing Supply Programme as tenants moved into the Viewmount development in Forfar.
Eleven attractive new quality semi-detached houses, with secure gardens, and a parking spaces for 21 vehicles have replaced unpopular multi-storey flats and are occupied by new tenants.
Four of the properties are suitable for householders with disabilities and with special housing needs as the properties benefit from facilities such as: door entry systems, widened hallways and doorways, level access entries and showers, adjustable kitchen worktops, future-proofed ceilings that can accommodate hoists and double parking spaces.
All of the properties are supplied with solar panels, high levels of insulation and ventilation.
Communities Convener Craig Fotheringham said: “It is a pleasure to see tenants settling in to their new surroundings. Having seen the old, unloved flats demolished, we are sure that tenants will be proud to call these splendid new houses home. We placed a high priority on tenant inclusion, with our communities team working closely with local residents and groups to deliver a new entrance to Reid Park and a new path from Steele Park as part of this project. That community engagement has continued throughout.”
Alan Watt, chairperson of community group Viewmount Voices said: “The new build is now complete and is looking good. Once the tenants have settled in, I will introduce myself and inform them about Viewmount Voices and we hope they will be interested in coming along.”
Communities vice-convener, Lois Speed added: “The creation of these new homes and the improvement of the open spaces around them undoubtedly enhances the Viewmount area. We are not only creating places that people are proud to call home – we are creating spaces where people are happy to live, work, visit and play. At the same time, Viewmount increases the housing choices for people living with disability and who have special housing needs, which is one of the key actions in the Local Housing Strategy.”
Scott Hadden, chairman of contractors Hadden Group, said: “We are very proud of our role in delivering these new homes for Forfar in partnership with Angus Council. Across the project, the team has worked very hard to deliver attractive, affordable homes without compromising on a desire to create a sustainable development that is sympathetic to the surrounding area.”
Garden at the rear of the one of Viewmount new properties