£10M Stonefield plan gets final approval

Stonefield housing estate is to undergo a �10million revamp
Stonefield housing estate is to undergo a �10million revamp

THE £10million regeneration of Stonefield will start in June.

The project between Waverley Housing and Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) was finally given the green light this week after the last pieces of funding were secured.

And it means the regeneration plans to create 44 new homes, which have been in the pipeline for more than ten years, will now become a reality.

SBHA chief executive Julia Mulloy said: “The transformation of this area into a community with good-quality affordable housing and well-designed neighbourhoods will mean that through effective partnership working with Waverley Housing and Scottish Borders Council we are delivering on our promises and making a real difference for tenants in need of good-quality homes.”

Stonefield contains 25 low-rise blocks comprising 205 flats and has long since been identified as a key part of the Hawick Regeneration Strategy.

The Hawick News can reveal that Waverley will start work on blocks 1 and 3 Liddesdale Road and 3 and 4 Stonefield Place in June.

While SBHA plans to regenerate blocks 1, 3 and 27 Stonefield Place in the autumn and demolish 11 blocks at the end of the year, with the new-build planned to go on site in spring 2014.

Residents and businesses in the Stonefield area have been invited to an information event in the Heart of Hawick from 3.30pm until 6.30pm on Thursday, May 9, where they can have their say about the plans, and the opportunity to discuss design options for the new build.

“Over the next three years SBHA will invest over £10 Million in regeneration and new-build works in Stonefield and we are keen that the community be involved in our plans,” said Mrs Mulloy.

“We look forward to meeting with residents of Stonefield to share this exciting news that works are starting on-site,” she added.

Margaret Ross, chief executive of Waverley Housing, hoped as many people as possible would come out to see the proposals and meet with officials.

She said: “Keeping the community involved every step of the way is central to our approach and we would encourage local residents to become involved in this exciting project.

“We want to hear your views and help residents shape and revitalise their own community and make decisions about they way in which they live.”

Residents who are unable to attend the event should contact Catherine Beattie on 01750 724444 or email enquiries@sbha.org.uk and a home visit can be arranged.