New life to be breathed into former Scots ghost city

THERE’S hope for the brand new city turned ghost city as Deans South, the beforehand condemned housing property in Livingston, is regenerated.

Home-builder Springfield has kick-started the long-awaited regeneration undertaking which can see the creation of high-quality reasonably priced and personal new houses throughout the two.9 acre web site.

Springfield are working with one of many UK’s largest builders of social rented houses, Wheatley Group, to ship 55 prime quality new builds to the derelict space.

Of those, 46 can be reasonably priced houses and 9 non-public houses can be constructed for current owners.

Kerry Macintosh purchased a 3 mattress house in 2002, however by 2004, West Lothian Council determined to demolish it. She’s going to now obtain a brand new house as a part of the regeneration undertaking

The entire properties can be constructed by Springfield utilizing sustainable timber kits constructed off-site at their close by timber package manufacturing facility and can be extraordinarily environment friendly, utilizing air supply warmth pumps.

The houses for social housing can be delivered for tenants of Wheatley Properties East, a part of Wheatley Group.

To mark the milestone second, the Springfield staff was joined by Hannah Bardell, MP for Livingston and Deans South veteran, Kerry Macintosh, who laid the primary brick within the foundations of her brand-new house.

Kerry purchased her three-bed house on the property in 2002 however in 2004, West Lothian Council deemed the positioning uninhabitable and earmarked it for demolition.

Regardless of this, Kerry remained on the positioning to battle for a good deal for herself and the remaining owners.

Now, 20 years later, Kerry will obtain a brand new house as a part of the transformation of the positioning.

Tom Leggeat, Springfield Partnerships Managing Director, mentioned: “Deans South has at all times had monumental potential and, regardless of the challenges, our dedication to reworking the positioning has not wavered.

“Alongside the much-needed social rented houses we are going to construct; we may even ship on our promise to offer a ‘house for a house’ for owners who’ve lived in Dean South for many years.

“That is what we rejoice immediately, as we lay the primary brick for Kerry’s house and mark wider building work beginning.”

Kerry Macintosh commented: “This can be a surreal second for me. Having lived in Deans South for 20 years, I’ve seen it fall into disrepair which has been unhappy and irritating.

“Nevertheless, Springfield offered us with mild on the finish of the tunnel, pushing ahead and offering us with monumental help.

“A heat, secure and safe house in a thriving group is all I’ve wished, and it’s so thrilling to see it turn out to be a actuality.”

Hannah Bardell MP for Livingston added: “At present’s occasion represents years of laborious work and collaboration to convey ahead the regeneration of Deans South.

“I’ve labored very laborious on behalf of Deans South residents, visiting and talking with a number of residents through the years, and I perceive what a secure, safe, well-built house means to them. 

“It’s a pleasure to be concerned in immediately’s occasion and I sit up for seeing the event progress.” 

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