Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:02 GMT on Monday, 19th November 2012.
New Cumbernauld homes officially opened

CUMBERNAULD has welcomed the opening of 29 new social houses.


Last week the latest phase of North Lanarkshire Council's new house building project officially opened 29 new homes in Cumbernauld, with the start of work on a further 30 affordable properties getting underway at the same time.


The completion of the site at North Road in the town includes 21 terraced and eight semi-detached houses. With development costs of £2.7m, Gateside Way was built on behalf of the council by Wates Living Space.


All the properties are energy efficient and accessible and included a home specially designed for someone using a wheelchair, which will make all their living accommodation accessible on one level.


And as one development was officially opened, work got underway at nearby Westfied Drive which will be the site of 30 new council houses and is scheduled to be completed in August 2013. This development is also being built by Wates Living Space at a cost of £3m.


These latest homes are being built as part of the council's £150m Building for the Future programme that will see 1,000 new homes for rent completed by 2020.


Convener of Housing and Social Work services Sam Love cut the first 'turf' on the site which will include 12 cottage flats and 18 houses.


He said: "This development is just one of a number that are currently being progressed across North Lanarkshire and will deliver much-needed new homes for current and future residents in the area.


"The Building for the Future programme not only provides homes which are warm, safe and eco-friendly but also helps to support the construction industry and provide local employment. All the properties are built to the highest industry standards and include quality kitchens, bathrooms and space for tenants to enjoy. "


The council has been successful in securing a funding contribution of £25,000 to £30,000 per unit from the Scottish Government for all of its new build developments to date, and in total has secured £11 million of Scottish Government funding towards the overall cost of the programme.

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