Work will begin on the final phase of the regeneration of Perth’s Muirton area in the autumn, it has been confirmed.
In the wake of the council’s approval of planning permission for 200 homes on a high-profile site in the city, the developers have announced the timescale for the project.
Of the houses, half will be affordable homes while the remainder will be one, two, three and four bedroom private houses.
Urban Union Ltd, appointed by Caledonia Housing Association to complete the final phase, say the affordable homes should be completed by the end of 2018 and the private homes by summer 2019.
The new homes will form an important part of the regeneration of the site off Dunkeld Road and follow extensive community engagement in the development of the master plans.
The latest element of a project, which started in 2004, will involve more than £11million of investment from Caledonia Housing Association with just under £6m grant funding from the Scottish Government.
The new homes will be designed by urban architecture specialists Barton Willmore and images of how it will look have just been released.
The project is also expected to deliver further benefits by generating employment as part of a commitment to develop community enterprise. The construction will create six apprenticeships, 18 training courses and 24 additional work experience opportunities.
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.”
Julie Cosgrove, chief executive at Caledonia Housing Association, said: “We are delighted that these new homes will soon be under construction.”
Grant Ager, chief executive at Fairfield Housing Co-operative, added: “We now have the support of the local council to provide further quality, maintained housing to those in genuine need in the city. “
When the council approved the houses at the most recent meeting of the development control committee Councillor Alan Livingstone described the project as “a credit to the town”.