Link’s latest affordable housing development in Newton Mearns complete

Link Group Ltd has recently completed an affordable housing development of 14 new homes at Ayr Road, Newton Mearns. 

The properties were built by Cala Homes as part of a wider development, and consist of two-bedroom homes for social and mid market rent. The £1.7 million Ayr Road development secured £502,000 from the Scottish Government.

This is the first development within East Renfrewshire Council that includes properties for mid market rent. Mid market rents (MMR) are higher than social rents, but lower than the equivalent private market rate. They are aimed at households who have low to moderate incomes and wish to rent a property with the flexibility of a Short Assured Tenancy.

All of the properties meet Link’s housing design standards and have gas central heating and 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.

Link is also currently onsite at Barcapel, Newton Mearns where a further 33 homes for social rent will be available from March 2017.

Link’s Director of Development and Asset Management, Colin Culross (L) with Phil Daws, East Renfrewshire’s Housing Services Manager

Link’s Director of Development and Asset Management, Colin Culross, said: "We are delighted to have been supported by the Scottish Government and the East Renfrewshire Council to enable us to build these new, high quality affordable homes. By introducing MMR into this development, Link is able to offer a greater choice and flexibility of tenure and help meet the Council’s housing demand.”

Phil Daws, East Renfrewshire’s Housing Services Manager said, “On behalf of East Renfrewshire Council I would like to compliment the Link Group and Cala Homes on the overall quality and standard of housing in this development in Newton Mearns. The pressure to meet the need for affordable housing in the Newton Mearns area is acute and these homes are already helping us to meet some of this need."