Work to start within weeks on 95 homes after sale of former Hermitage Academy site

Developers Taylor Wimpey have released this impression of how the new homes may look.

The sale of the former Hermitage Academy site in Helensburgh to housebuilders has been greeted as ‘fantastic news’ by a leading councillor.

Taylor Wimpey West Scotland will build two-, three- and four-bedroom homes on the site following the deal with Argyll and Bute Council.

Planning permission has been granted for 95 homes and construction work is expected to start in the next few weeks.

Gary Mulvaney, Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for strategic finance and capital regeneration programme, said: “This is fantastic news for the area. There are already over 50 houses and flats on another part of the site and when construction of the new homes gets underway there will be a significantly increased supply of houses made available for local people and, others hoping to move to this area.

“As a council we are committed to working with Taylor Wimpey West Scotland to support our local economy and community by creating and supporting local jobs and apprenticeships.

“The funds from the sale will benefit our communities by going directly to providing services they tell us are important to them. I would also express my thanks to the council team who worked so hard to make this sale happen.”

Stephen Andrew, technical director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland said: “We are delighted to confirm that we have completed our land transaction for the former Hermitage Academy site on Cardross Road with Argyll and Bute Council, which will allow us to build our first development in Helensburgh.

“We hope to begin pre-construction works within the next few weeks and naturally we will keep the local community informed of our planned site start that will mark the first milestone of this exciting development.”