Raploch regeneration project to deliver 68 homes
The final site of the Raploch Regeneration Initiative program will provide an additional 68 new homes.
Stirling Council will provide 32 affordable homes along with Robertson Partnership Homes, while the Forth Housing Association will develop a further 36 homes on the former Gowanhill Gardens site which was demolished around 2007.
The homes will be built as part of the council’s Strategic Housing Investment Plan (SHIP).
Work on the 68 new homes, which will be part of a larger development which when completed will create a new neighborhood in Raploch, will begin later this year.
The new council houses will be available for social rental and will be among the most energy efficient houses in Stirling, with solar panels and solar battery storage with a Class A energy performance certificate.
Accommodation includes: one bedroom cottages (six houses); one-bedroom cottages with shower rooms on the floor (two houses); 16 two-bed cottages (three with wet floor shower rooms); six semi-detached houses with three beds for five people; and two semi-detached three-bed houses for six people.
At a recent meeting of the council’s environment and housing committee, councilor Jim Thomson, organizer, said the site was one of those he never thought would be developed, adding: ” It’s one of the most difficult of all regeneration.”
Conservative Councilor Martin Earl added he was “very happy” to see the site being developed.
“It hasn’t been easy, but it’s a testament to the officers we have there. It’s fantastic.”
However, Councilor Earl asked why more houses hadn’t been built with a wet floor shower.
He added: “There is probably an additional cost for a wet floor shower, but it will be an additional cost if we have to install one where there is none in place.”
Housing manager Stephen Clark said the majority of ground floor apartments would have one, but lower floors would be less suitable.
Housing officials said: ‘We decided the best way forward was to take a division of the ground floor flats and about half would go forward as wet ground. We don’t know at the development stage who these apartments would be allocated to, so we felt that if we had a mix it would be for a range of capacities.
“We thought it would be better to have a few than none, but we haven’t come all the way to being able to continue to meet a range of needs.”
Councilor Earl said that if the facilities were on the ground floor, the service “should surely think about not putting them in because even people who may not need them now but might need them in the future – I don’t see why we can’t have a policy where they are just incorporated as the norm”.
Mr Clark said he considered the point and would be happy to review the decision.