£18m housebuilding plans revealed

More than 300 new homes could be built by Argyll and Bute Council in the next five years.

An £18m housebuilding programme has been outlined by officials, based on projected funding from the Scottish Government.

A total of 116 new homes are due to be built by 2015 as part of the council’s strategic local programme for housing.

Potential sites for social rented homes include Helensburgh’s Hood Court, which would see 12 units, in conjunction with Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA), while Succoth near Arrochar would see 26 units for Dunbritton Housing Association (DHA).

And at a meeting of the full council on Thursday members will be asked to approve sites for a further 200 new homes for development between 2015 and 2018, including:

  • Jutland Court in Helensburgh – 45 units with DHA/Link housing
  • Helensburgh Golf Club – 16 units, DHA
  • Kirkton Farm and/or Geilston Farm in Cardross- 25-40 units, DHA/ACHA
  • The former medical centre and library site in Garelochead – 10 units, ACHA

A report by executive director of community services Cleland Sneddon states: “This programme could deliver over 200 new homes by 2018 and the majority of the projects should be feasible within the indicative, minimum resource planning assumptions announced by the Scottish Government, however, supplementary funding from the council and other sources may be required and this cannot be confirmed at this time.

“This programme focusses on priority areas and current or emerging pressured areas as identified in the annual monitoring process.”

A ‘shadow programme’ of sites for 2015-18 has also been drawn up in case of unforeseen delays and new opportunities – these include Cardross, a site in Helensburgh town centre owned by the Roman Catholic church, Smiddy Court in Garelochhead and a site in Rosneath owned by Link housing, just north of the current village settlement boundary.

Other sites for development before 2015 are: Glenshellach, Dunbeg and Rockfield in Oban; Bowmore on Islay; Gigha; St Cuthbert’s in Dunoon and Oakfield in Tarbert.

Pencilled in for 2015-18 are Dunbeg (phase 3), Keil Gardens in Benderloch, Port Charlotte on Islay, Coll, Victoria Park in Dunoon, phase 2 of Rockfield in Oban and Tigh Rhuda on Tiree.

A council spokesperson stressed that sites listed in the strategic housing investment plan (SHIP) were only potential in cases where planning permission had not been obtained. The full report is here: STRATEGIC HOUSING INVESTMENT PLAN 2013 – 2018

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