As part of the governments strategy to increase community ownership and increase investment in social housing, Glasgow City Council are transferring 360 flats - 128 of which are vacant - to the Springburn and Possilpark Housing Association.
Mr MacDonald said:
These flats have become virtually impossible to let due to their dilapidated condition and structural problems but their transfer, which more than three quarters of tenants voted for, will see them demolished and replaced by 220 new homes.
It is pleasing to see that the new homes will have so many positive features in terms of their design and layout, including their own gardens, energy efficiency measures and enhanced security. This should significantly improve the quality of life for all those in the North Possil neighbourhood.
1. The North Possil homes consist of 360 flats contained within three-storey tenement blocks built around 60 years ago. They required substantial major investment to bring them up to standard and Glasgow City Council were unable to afford this from their own resources.
2. Springburn and Possilpark Housing Association plan a phased clearance and demolition of the stock and the creation of a new-build development of some 220 homes over a six-year period comprising two storey terraced houses and cottage-type flats, with front and rear gardens. Access for the physically disabled, elderly and infirm will be a feature of the new homes and all public spaces, along with security and energy efficiency measures. Scottish Homes have agreed to fund the£10 million project.
3. Tenants were extensively consulted on the proposals and 84 per cent of those entitled to vote supported the move to transfer. Rents will be set by the housing associations management committee - made up of tenants, homeowners and council representatives - and future increases will take account of inflation and affordability.
4. The Springburn and Possilpark Housing Association was set up in 1976 by local residents to improve and build homes for rent and is registered with Scottish Homes. The North Possil acquisition will mean that it will own and manage some 1400 houses for rent in the Springburn and Possilpark area, as well as managing 150 shared ownership properties and providing factoring services for a further 1400 local homeowners.