Council reveals brand new homes

The newly finished phase of new houses in Noran Avenue. Pictured are, from left - Councillor Donald Morrison, Helen Napies area housing officer and Ken Stephen senior housing officer.

The newly finished phase of new houses in Noran Avenue. Pictured are, from left - Councillor Donald Morrison, Helen Napies area housing officer and Ken Stephen senior housing officer.

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ANGUS Council today (Tuesday) unveiled their new state of the art houses in Arbroath’s Demondale.

A total of 11 brand new council houses were unveiled in Noran Avenue as part of the regeneration of the Demondale area.

The two and three bedroomed houses at 37-51 Noran Avenue will be offered for rent as part of the council’s affordable housing building programme to create 150 homes between 2012 and 2015.

This latest phase in the Demondale regeneration started last year with eight flats in Noran Avenue being converted into a row of six terraced houses.

Previous regeneration work in the Demondale area took place in 2005 when 16 flats in Priory Crescent and Bruce Road were turned into 12 affordable rent houses.

The project is the work of building firm Muirfield Contracts and cost around £1.45 million with £330,000 coming from a Scottish Government Affordable Housing Grant.

Visiting the new properties on Tuesday was Angus Council’s housing spokesperson Donald Morrison.

He said: “I am delighted to see the completion of these new build family homes in Noran Avenue. These houses, like all of our housing developments, have been built with energy efficiency to fore and to a high standard of construction and finish. This makes these much needed new family homes both desirable and affordable properties for families to live in.

“We are committed to this continuing investment in housing in the county, creating quality homes for Angus residents. At the same time we are keeping our rents at a very affordable level and currently have the fourth lowest council house rents in Scotland.”

The authority has invested significantly in the quality of the new housing with airtight construction, high efficiency gas boilers, whole house heat recovery ventilation and improved insulation, windows and kitchens.

Environmentally friendly building materials were also used in the construction and included recycled newspaper as insulation.

Each of the new houses also comes fitted with a sprinkler system to improve fire safety.

In addition two separate family play areas have been developed, one mostly timber based is aimed at younger children while a second area is geared toward older children.