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Link complete latest Cumbernauld housing development

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 15:28 GMT on Friday, 26th April, 2013.
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LINK Housing has completed their latest development at the new St. Mungo’s Gate complex, adjacent to the HMRC Accounts Office and Kwik Fit. 

Link has announced that the tenants have moved into their new homes at the £1.7million affordable housing development which comprises of 14 two bedroom flats, for social and intermediate rent.

The housing development at St Mungo’s Gate was designed and built by Frank Haslam Milan and Link received £512,000 from the Scottish Government’s Innovation in Investment Fund to construct the site, which is the first development in North Lanarkshire, which Link has completed, where some of the properties are available for intermediate rent.  

The properties start at £400 per month and area aimed at working individuals and households who would value a tenancy with a leading housing provider at a less than normal market rent.

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North Lanarkshire Provost, Jim Robertson opened the complex. He said it was a “pleasure” to open the development and about how “essential” such “warn, safe and energy efficient” homes are to communities.

Provost Robertson said: “It was a pleasure to open Link’s new £1.7m housing development at St. Mungo’s Gate in Cumbernauld.
“Projects like this not only provide homes which are warm, safe and energy efficient but also help support the construction industry and provide local employment.
“Low cost affordable properties are essential across communities. And new homes, such as the ones at St. Mungo’s gate, are to be applauded. Providing affordable homes is a priority and that’s why North Lanarkshire Council is investing £150m in its new house building programme, with plans for 1,000 new builds by 2020.

“I wish Link every success with their plans for further housing developments here in North Lanarkshire and the tenants who live in these fabulous new homes, a very happy future indeed.” 

The new housing scheme meets Link’s design standards for affordable housing, with which each property having gas central heating, hot water systems, high thermal insulation and double glazing to create warm, comfortable and energy efficient homes that will be easy and economical to run.

The St. Mungo’s Gate project is not Link’s only Cumbernauld project, with Link also due to complete its development of 33 homes, for social and intermediate rent and shared equity, at Carradale Crescent, Broadwood, Cumbernauld and start Phase 2 of its development at Oakwood Cumbernauld in the next few months.

Peter Foreman, Link Group Chairman, said: “This is one of several developments Link progressed with help from Scottish Government’s Innovation and Investment Fund. Overall, we will complete 193 new homes using our share of that fund, 70% of which will be for social rent. We have successfully delivered a number of developments in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council and are due to complete another two more within the next 12 months.”

Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said: "Investment in new, affordable housing such as this development by Link Housing Association is extremely welcome.  As well as providing new homes for people in the local community, these developments help to boost the economy by providing opportunities both for the construction sector and for those employed in it. 

“The Scottish Government is committed to delivering 6,000 new affordable homes each year, and we are delighted to have exceeded our target already for this year.  Everyone in Scotland should live in safe affordable homes that not only meet their needs, but support the development of sustainable communities.”

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