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Housing plans unveiled for former Additional Supports Needs school sites

Posted on 20 Jan 2022

Residents in Irvine, Saltcoats and Ardrossan are being invited to view proposals for new housing in the towns.

Draft plans are now available to view for 94 new homes on the sites of three former Additional Needs Schools.

The proposed developments include:

  • 46 new homes at the former James Reid School site, in Primrose Place, Saltcoats
  • 18 new homes at the former James McFarlane School site, Dalry Road, Ardrossan, and
  • 30 new homes at the former Stanecastle School site in Irvine.

The developments form part of the Council’s vision to deliver 1,625 new properties by 2027 – one of the most ambitious Council house building programmes in the UK.

Cabinet Member for Green New Deal and Sustainability, Councillor Jim Montgomerie, said: “Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, our ambitious housebuilding programme is still well on track to deliver more than 1,600 new homes for our residents in every part of North Ayrshire.

“While the schools will hold many fond memories for people, it will be great see the sites given a new lease of life and the opportunity to create new memories for families in modern, affordable, energy-efficient homes.”

At Stanecastle, the £6million development – supported by Scottish Government funding of £2.5million - will provide general needs houses, homes suitable for wheelchair users and amenity bungalows with a mix of 2, 3 & 4 bedrooms.

The proposed development at the former James Reid School, in Primrose Place, Saltcoats, will see the creation of 46 new homes. The £9.2million development – supported by Scottish Government funding of £3.8million - will provide general needs, wheelchair liveable and amenity bungalows with a mix of 2, 3, 4 & 5 bedrooms.

The former James McFarlane School site, Dalry Road, Ardrossan, will provide 18 new properties with a mix of 2, 3 & 4 bedroom general needs houses, wheelchair liveable homes and amenity bungalows. The £3.3million development will be supported by Scottish Government funding of £1.5million 

Construction at all three sites is currently scheduled to get under way in spring/summer 2022 and the homes should be ready for residents to move into in 2023.

Local people and interested parties can view and comment on the plans for the site online at www.northayrshire.community/consultationsevents/consultations/ .

To book an appointment to discuss the plans for the site please email developmentandstrategy@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or telephone the Affordable Housing Team on 01294 324031.