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Regeneration to create nearly 400 homes and new community hub

Wheatley Homes Glasgow and Glasgow City Council reveal updated £100mn plans to transform Wyndford in Maryhill.
WG Frank McCafferty headshot May 2022

Nearly 400 new affordable homes and a purpose-built community hub are at the heart of a £100mn regeneration of a Glasgow neighbourhood.

Wheatley Homes Glasgow, part of Wheatley Group, and Glasgow City Council have today revealed updated plans to transform Wyndford in the Maryhill area of the city.

Scotland’s biggest social landlord has announced it is increasing its investment in the community to a massive £100mn – and revealed plans to build almost 400 new affordable homes.

The updated proposals will see:

proposals will see:

·         Wheatley increase its planned investment from £73 million to £100 million;

·         386 spacious, energy-efficient affordable homes built in Wyndford – 85% of which will be for social rent;

·         the new homes made up of over 900 bedrooms to encourage families to the area;

·         the construction of a brand-new, two-storey, purpose-built community hub, which will be owned and managed by Glasgow City Council;

·         new and improved neighbourhood green spaces, open areas, improved walkways, and cycle paths;

·         500 new bike racks and improved car parking facilities;

·         new CCTV, concierge station and controlled-entry systems to reduce anti-social behaviour; and

·         a new children’s play park.

Wheatley Homes Glasgow tenant Chris Quinn, one of the co-chairs of the tenant led Wyndford Futures Focus Group, said: “These are hugely exciting times for Wyndford. This £100m regeneration will shape our community for the better, not only for the people who live here today, but for families and generations to come.

“Residents told us they want larger homes in Wyndford – and more than 40% of the new homes will have three bedrooms or more to help encourage families back to the area. The new homes will have over 900 bedrooms – which is far more than the four blocks which are being demolished.”

The current masterplan includes the land occupied by the existing Wyndford Hub to be redeveloped for housing and green space, and for a new community hub to be built.

Glasgow City Council has plans to construct a new, two-storey, community hub to replace the current building. The new hub will include many of the facilities in the existing hub, including a large hall, café space, bookable rooms, and free access to computers.

Councillor Kenny McLean, Convener for Housing and Development at Glasgow City Council, said: “These plans for Wyndford promise to bring better housing and community facilities – and also a significantly improved environment – for the people who live there. Consultation with the local community showed strong support for these proposals.”

The masterplan proposals will be subject to a full planning application and public consultation, and the proposed new community hub will be subject to the appropriate council approval.

Frank McCafferty, Wheatley Group Director of Assets and Repairs, said: “At a time when Scotland faces so many housing challenges, these bold and ambitious plans to transform Wyndford are a massive boost for Wheatley Homes Glasgow tenants, the wider community and for the city.

“Our £100mn investment, made possible thanks to the support of our partners at Glasgow City Council and Scottish Government, will see nearly 400 new affordable homes built and £13mn invested improving existing homes and the local environment.

“It shows the commitment Wheatley is making in transforming communities for the better and playing our part in tackling homelessness in the city.”

New artist’s impressions reveal how the transformed Wyndford will look, with £87mn to be spent on the regeneration, including building new houses and flats, and £13mn set aside to improve existing homes and create new green areas.

The first phase of the wider improvement work, worth more than £4mn so far, has already been carried out, with a new concierge station, CCTV, controlled entry systems and new paths in place.

A total of 85% of the new homes will be for social rent, and 15% for mid-market rent. The starting rent for mid-market homes with Lowther, part of Wheatley Group, is £426 per month.

Mid-market rent is for low-income households with a combined earning of less than £40,000 a year and who have no priority for social rent.

A new play park will form part of the early works planned for this summer. Proposals would see it built next to the nursery. It is being designed in consultation with the nursery staff and children.

The new-look Wyndford will feature improved walking and cycling routes, with more than 500 bike racks installed to encourage people to cycle more. Up to 50 new trees will also be planted.

The Wyndford Futures Focus Group, as well homeowners and tenants in private lets, helped shape the new plans through a series of meetings and online surveys.

Four unpopular and outdated multi-storey blocks – at 151, 171, 191 and 120 Wyndford Road – are being prepared for demolition, with all the tenants in the blocks having moved to new and better homes in Wyndford or in other areas of their choice.

A local lettings plan for the new-build homes will give priority to those tenants who left Wyndford and wish to return, and also consider and address the local housing needs of current residents.

A consultation carried out by Wheatley Homes Glasgow in 2021/2022 saw 85% of tenants who responded back plans to demolish the four blocks and build new homes.

 

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