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Development will provide homes for those in genuine need

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More than 100 affordable houses to be built at Perth regeneration site

A multi-million pound regeneration project in Perth will provide homes for people in genuine need, a housing co-operative has said.

More than 100 affordable homes will be built as part of the regeneration of the site next to the former St Johnstone ground at Muirton.

The development will also include a park and both private and shared gardens.

Work is set to begin in autumn 2016 after Perth Council granted planning permission on Monday 18 July.

Developers Urban Union said six apprenticeships and 18 training courses will be created during the construction phase, as well as 24 work experience opportunities.

We are fully committed to community engagement and we look forward to developing strong local partnerships

Susan Hallsworth, managing director of Urban Union, said: “This is a major opportunity to move forward with one of Scotland’s largest and most significant housing-led regeneration projects.

“Our track record in Edinburgh and Glasgow demonstrates we are fully committed to community engagement and we look forward to developing strong local partnerships which will form the cornerstone of our development strategy.

“There will be opportunities for the Perth community to be involved in the project, particularly in terms of jobs and training opportunities, as well as creating a community enterprise.”

Grant Ager, chief executive at partners Fairfield Housing Co-operative, said: “We now have the support of the local council to provide further quality, maintained housing to those in genuine need in the city.”

The project is being funded by a £6m Scottish Government grant along with £11m of investment from Caledonia Housing Association (CHA).

Completion of the affordable homes is scheduled for the end of 2018 and 100 more private homes will be built by summer 2019.



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