More affordable homes available

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A LOCAL company has handed over the keys for 14 affordable new homes in Carnoustie.

D.J. Laing Homes completed the project - which was part of the government’s initiative to reduce a shortage in affordable housing - last Monday.

The development at Westfield Park saw D.J. Laing complete a challenging 65-week build programme for Angus Housing Association in a contract worth £1.3 million.

The project is a mix of one and two bedroom flats plus two and three bedroom homes which will be available to prospective tenants.

It also won a Secure by Design award which ensures the safety and security of the residents.

This latest project has been the third housing development that has provided affordable housing as a joint partnership between DJ Laing and Angus Housing Association.

In the first phase of the development at Westfield Park, 36 affordable new homes were created and integrated with 23 private homes. Eight two bedroom villas in that development are now occupied as part of the Homestake shared ownership initiative while other homes were purchased using a shared equity scheme.

The directors of D.J. Laing Homes thanked their team and sub contractors who built the properties to their normal high standard and especially those who put in the extra effort towards the end.

The provision of the latest affordable new homes in Carnoustie adds to the housing that is also being provided by Angus Council.

In the local authority’s first council housing development in 15 years, 10 homes available for rent were created on the old Kinloch School site.

This was possible through a cash injection of £250,000 from the Scottish Government.

And already the development has been give the thumbs up by minister Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment.

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