South Lanarkshire View
South Lanarkshire View

Development among the finalists for UK housing award

Published: Wednesday 23 October 2019

This picture is a view of some of the new council homes in Wildcherry Court which has been shortlisted for a best development award.

A new development of council houses has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Wildcherry Court in Blantyre is among the finalists in the Inside Housing Development Awards 2019.

Nominated in the Best Affordable Housing Development (Urban) category the South Lanarkshire Council development on the former site of St Blane’s Primary School includes a total of 20 new two, three and four bedroom semi-detached homes, three bedroom semi-detached bungalows and one and two bedroom cottage flats.

Built as part of the Council’s Home+ programme, which is set to deliver 1000 new council houses in South Lanarkshire by 2021, the development focuses on place making while meeting local housing need.  Constructed to a very high standard and meeting housing for varying needs standards, the properties have generous sized rooms and storage, high quality kitchens and bathrooms, renewable technologies built in and enhanced insulation.

Wildcherry Court was completed in March of this year along with a further development of 14 new homes in Blantyre at Morven Avenue.

Chair of Housing and Technical Resources Councillor Josh Wilson said: “We are delighted that Wildcherry Court is one of the finalists for this prestigious Inside Housing award, it is one of just seven developments from across the whole of the UK to make the shortlist so it is quite an achievement.

“We are very proud of what Home+ has achieved at Wildcherry Court and it is worth bearing in mind that all our developments of new council homes for rent are being built to the same exacting standards."

Wildcherry Court was built with the support of grant funding from the Scottish Government, the high quality homes are energy efficient and cheaper to run, benefitting both the household budgets of tenants and the environment.

In addition to delivering 1000 homes South Lanarkshire Council’s Home+ programme will continue to see significant investment being made in improving all existing housing stock and the quality of the built environment.

There is also investment in the quality of the built environment in the communities outside the front door with improvements to lighting, footpaths, walls and fences, bin stores, lock-ups and more.