Craigewan housing gets underway

Scaffolding has gone up on the flats in Peterhead's Ugie Street.
Scaffolding has gone up on the flats in Peterhead's Ugie Street.

Councillors have agreed project costs of £12.7 million for three council housing projects across Aberdeenshire including the Craigewan development in Peterhead.

The news comes as scaffolding went up in the town’s Ugie Street to prepare for the demolition of old flats to make way for the exciting new housing scheme.

Aberdeenshire’s Policy & Resources Committee agreed project costs of £5.3million for the Craigewen new build housing development which will deliver 42 units on the brownfield site. It will also feature 11 ‘extra care’ properties.

The site is jointly owned by the council and Sanctuary Housing Association who will project manage the development on behalf of the council.

Works to demolish two blocks of properties have already been approved and work is underway.

The council, through the Housing and Social Work Committee, pledged to deliver 350 housing units by 2018.

The current phase of new build work across the Shire would see a total of 169 units constructed between now and December 2015.

Policy & Resources chairman Cllr Jim Gifford welcomed the decision, saying: “Demand for council houses continues to grow, we have over 8,000 people now on our waiting list for housing.

“Aberdeenshire Council is committed to building more council housing, to a high standard, to support a range of people from families to people with more specialist needs.

“I’m delighted to see these three projects moving forward, which give us a real boost towards achieving our target of double the number of council houses being built by 2018.”