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Final residents move into major Paisley project

13th October 2022

Sanctuary Scotland

Happy Scotland residents celebrate moving into their new home in Paisley

We’ve handed over the keys to the last of 131 high quality new homes at our latest major affordable housing project in Paisley.

Our £19 million Skye Crescent development increases the town’s affordable housing options and transforms a nine-acre brownfield site.

Gary Anderson, his fiancée Jennifer Arrol, 42, their son Luke, 8, and three-year-old cat Oscar moved into a two-bedroom terraced house in the summer.

The first-time Sanctuary tenants previously lived around the corner, where Gary – who has mobility issues – had to struggle with 40 outside steps.

Gary, 46, said: “In winter the steps would freeze over, making it too dangerous for me to go outside.

“The new house is simply great. I enjoy being able to sit out in the garden and the downstair toilet means I don’t have to tackle the stairs.

“And so many of Luke’s friends live close by, so it’s been really good for him.”

Solar panels on the roofs of all 131 houses are reducing people’s energy bills.

Of the 109 homes for social rent, we will manage 79, with the remaining 30 owned and managed by Paisley Housing Association.

Twenty two of the 2 and 3 bedroom semi-detached and terraced houses have been bought by first time buyers using the Scottish Government’s shared equity scheme.

Every home can be adapted with ease for people with mobility needs. Two of the houses are specifically wheelchair-friendly.

The project was part-funded with a £11.7 million Scottish Government grant.

Sanctuary Scotland vice-chair Alex Clark said: “This is a significant development and the latest example of Sanctuary’s commitment to improving Renfrewshire’s affordable housing options.

“Our new residents are thrilled to get a warm, energy-efficient and secure house at a time when so many things in the world are uncertain.

“Sanctuary will continue to work with others – in this case Renfrewshire Council, the Scottish Government and Paisley Housing Association – to create great new homes plus the wider community, employment and training benefits that developments like this bring with them.”

Since 2005 we have built 1,146 new homes across 11 sites in Renfrewshire, a total investment of more than £142 million.