Stonefield houses to be ready by new year

The first phase of the new £10M Stonefield Housing Development will be completed with tenants in their new homes by the end of the year.

And a further 34 Scottish Border Housing Association homes will be available by the autumn 2016.

SBHA chairman Ray Licence and chief executive Julia Molloy visited Stonefield earlier this week and afterwards, Ms Molloy said: ““We’re delighted to deliver our first major new build programme in Hawick. The houses and re-furbished flats in the blocks will be ready for tenants to move into at the end of the year.

“With a further 34 newly built homes due for completion in the autumn of 2016. It has been a long journey and we thank tenants and residents who have been patient, but the site is making great progress and the homes are all looking fantastic and we’re absolutely delighted to offer Tenants such high quality housing and develop Stonefield as a thriving and vibrant place to live.”

This is a massive boost for the area following a decade of problems which included under occupancy and anti-social behaviour issues which blighted the estate and forced people to leave the area.

The new builds include a mix of one, two and three bedroomed flats which are available in the blocks 25 and 26, and 10 new build three and four bedroomed homes.

Michelle Cassidy, housing officer, who is leading the team allocating the homes comments: “Demand has been high for both the flats and the houses and the Association are now accepting applications to let the properties now.

“We listened to tenants and residents about allocating Stonefield homes and put in place a local letting policy. We had 13 tenants move into our refurbished blocks in October last year and they were delighted with the space standards, kitchens and have found the energy efficiency works have reduced their heating bills significantly. Anyone interested in a property can contact us on 01750 724444 or apply at our SBHA HomeChoice Website.”