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MASSIVE Housing And Commercial Development Agreed For Sighthill

GLASGOW City Council has signed an agreement with Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and Keepmoat Homes to deliver more than 800 new homes at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) in the city.

The £250million Sighthill project is the biggest regeneration scheme of its type in the UK outside of London.

The residential development will feature 826 new homes (628 for sale, 198 for mid-market rent), as well as retail units and a commercial development over the next decade.

The mid-market rent homes will be built by Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and let and managed by GHA’s partners in Wheatley Group, Lowther Homes.

The private homes, retail unit and commercial development will be delivered through an agreement between Keepmoat Homes and Glasgow City Council.

In total, the regeneration of Sighthill will deliver almost 1,000 high-quality homes for sale and rent — 141 new GHA homes are already built and occupied.

Also being developed are a community school campus; a footbridge across the M8 connecting Sighthill to the neighbouring city centre; a road bridge across the railway to link Sighthill and Port Dundas; as well as improved parkland throughout the entire area and active travel routes to and from the city centre.

The regeneration of Sighthill is being delivered by Transforming Communities: Glasgow, a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and the Scottish Government, with additional funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

Councillor Kenny McLean, City Convener for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Public Realm at Glasgow City Council, said: “The signing of this agreement between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Housing Association and Keepmoat Homes is another milestone in the regeneration of Sighthill. The transformation of the area will serve as an example of what can be done in urban regeneration, with the creation of a fantastic neighbourhood immediately beside the city centre. We can now anticipate this work starting and being able to watch the skyline of both Sighthill and Glasgow change over the years.”

GHA chair Bernadette Hewitt said: “This is a monumental milestone in the transformation of Sighthill. GHA is really proud to be a partner in this transformation and, as part of this next phase, we’re building almost 200 homes for mid-market rent. The first phase of regeneration saw 141 new GHA homes for social rent built in 2015. Tenants in these high-quality, spacious modern homes are already saving money on their bills and enjoying a better quality of life as a result. It’s a really exciting time for the area.”

James Thomson, chief executive of Keepmoat Homes, said: “Sighthill is a flagship development for Keepmoat Homes. We are delighted to have been chosen to work with Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Housing Association on this exciting regeneration programme and we will employ the greatest effort and care to ensure that the ambition of Transforming Communities: Glasgow is fulfilled and, as such, create an exciting, rich and desirable place to live, work and play. The development of Sighthill has the potential to further contribute to the city’s success story with a new, sustainable community, close to the city centre and unrecognisable from its current landscape. We are committed to delivering wider community benefits as part of the programme which will include the creation of apprenticeships and jobs in the area and work with local community projects.”