Builder tackles home concerns

The UK’s leading house builder is trying to tackle the lack of new homes in the Monifieth area.

In the last 12 months, the volume of residential property sales across Dundee and Angus has increased by over 40%.

With an increase of less than 18% in new homes coming on to the market during that time, demand for housing continues to vastly outstrip supply.

Monifieth is particularly affected by these trends, being an area of high demand with an immediate requirement for more housing – there has been virtually no new family-sized housing to the area since 2006.

Now Barratt Homes is seeking to address this shortage. Their proposed development to the north east of the town includes 300 new homes with a range of desirable house types and much needed affordable housing units on offer.

Douglas McLeod, regional director, Scotland, for Barratt Homes, said: “Monifieth desperately needs housing to accommodate first time buyers and young families so our range of house types is in keeping with this.

“The development would also help revitalise the town centre, generating additional footfall and spend. The master plan has been developed in a way as to provide multiple links into the town centre – something that makes our development somewhat unique.”

As the proposals continue to evolve, Barratt Homes recognises that a number of important local issues need to be addressed; one being the current pressures on the healthcare facilities at Monifieth Medical Centre. As a result, Barratt Homes has held discussions with the health provider to discuss their needs for serving additional patients resulting from the new development.

The housebuilder is also aware of the lack of community facilities in the town and is speaking with the Monifieth Community Resource Group (MCRG) to discuss their proposals for a new community facility and how Barratt Homes can assist in making this happen.