Excitement building with new council homes on the way

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Kirkintilloch and Bishopbriggs could soon be home to more than 90 new homes.

The Scottish Government has made £50million available for affordable housing projects across Scotland - with up to £30,000 per property up for grabs.

East Dunbartonshire Council has applied for funding for six separate developments.

The plans for Kirkintilloch include 15-18 council houses being built on the site of lock-up garages in Lammermoor Road, 25 council properties on brownfield land at Southbank and a further 18 at Meiklehill House.

In Bishopbriggs there would be seven to 10 properties built at a former garage on Fern Avenue, up to four new houses on Larch Avenue and 16 council properties on derelict land at Crowhill.

To take advantage of the Scottish Government funding construction on the housing would need to begin by the end of March, 2012. Many of the developments are already the subject of pre-planning discussions.

The total development cost would be £8.47million - or £110,000 per unit - with £2.79million coming from government funding, should the application succeed.

Some of the properties would be built by the council, while others would be purchased from housing associations and private developers.

One of the largest developments is being undertaken by a private developer in partnership with Trust Housing Association.

The two organisations are planning to build 33 affordable homes at Meiklehill House and 65 at Southbank, with the council keen to buy 43 of the 98 properties.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie told the Herald that she had “high hopes” that the planned council housing would go ahead.

She said: “It seems that every surgery I have there are people looking for houses.

“The waiting list for housing is getting longer and for every house we build there is the potential to free up other properties which no longer suit the needs of the occupants.”