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West Lothian tenants move into Scotland's largest new build council housing site

West Lothian tenants move into Scotland's largest new build council housing site

16 March

Tenants have moved into Scotland's largest new build council housing site in Broxburn.

The site at Kirkhill in Broxburn is the largest council house new development site to have been built in Scotland since 2009.

A total of 230 homes are being built with the entire site expected  to be completed this year.

Tenants are moving into new homes in a phased basis and 65 homes are now occupied with new tenants. The new houses will include a mixture of 92  cottage flats, 105 houses and 33 accessible bungalows, and range from 1 bed flats to 5 bed houses.

Executive councillor for services for the community, George Paul visited the site last week with Local Housing Officer Fiona Whittaker to meet tenants Mark and Fiona Gall, with their baby boy, Freddie. The family moved into their new home in December, allowing them to spend their first Christmas together in their new home.

Fiona added: "Mark has MS and our previous property was no longer suitable for us. We moved into our beautiful new home the day after we got out of hospital with our miracle IVF baby, then celebrated our first Christmas a few days later. It was the icing on the cake to do that in our new home. This house has made a huge difference to my husband's wellbeing; no more falls down the stairs, I no longer have to worry when I'm at work and we now have space to store his mobility scooter in our home. We cannot put into words how thankful and happy we are to have our new home. It's perfect for us!"

Executive councillor for services for the community, George Paul, said: "We are very proud of our new build programme and was wonderful to visit Mark, Fiona and little Freddie to see how they are settling into their new home. It was a pleasure to meet them and visit their stunning home.

"We understand that there are many people on the housing waiting list and demand for affordable housing isn't a West Lothian issue, it is a UK wide issue. That is why we have invested heavily in our new build programme - to provide much needed affordable housing for local people." We've designed the homes with space and sustainability in mind to meet the needs of the community now and in future. More and more homes are being completed as part of our new build programme and it will make a significant impact upon the lives of many people."

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