Tom Arthur MSP has welcomed news that Kilbarchan is to receive a £2.8 million housing boost in the shape of 18 new homes from Williamsburgh Housing Association.

The much-needed affordable homes for rent are being built in the popular village at Milliken Road and the construction work was officially launched by Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Kevin Stewart MSP on Tuesday 16 July.

The new development fulfils Williamsburgh Housing Association’s promise to keep on building and to help Renfrewshire Council increase affordable homes in the villages of Kilbarchan, Howwood and Lochwinnoch.

The construction of the properties is being carried out by McTaggart Construction and will take around a year. The properties will be “cottage flats” and the £2.8m cost is supported by a grant from the Scottish Government of £1.3m with the remainder met by Williamsburgh.

After attending the site launch, Tom Arthur MSP commented:

“This welcome development in Kilbarchan is testament to the successful partnership working between the local housing association and a council committed to delivering on social housing promises, and will have a hugely positive impact on the local community.

“The SNP Government is on-track to meet its target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021 – backed by £3.3 billion of funding – and it’s fantastic to see the continued investment in housing reflected across Renfrewshire South. “

Williamsburgh director Gordon Williamson added:

“We are delighted to be delivering new homes for Kilbarchan which is addressing a real housing need in the Renfrewshire villages.

“This development is part of our promise to keep on building to give people much-needed homes.”

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