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Maidenhill one of a host of investments for the future of East Renfrewshire

Maidenhill – the new community planned for Newton Mearns – will join a host of investments for the wider East Renfrewshire region in the coming years.

As homebuilders CALA Homes (West) and Taylor Wimpey prepare to start works on the £150m Newton Mearns development – creating much-needed high quality housing for the area – projects funded by the East Renfrewshire City Deal are also taking off.

Newton Mearns will welcome a brand new ‘business incubation hub’, designed to meet the growing demand for flexible business space. Greenlaw Business Centre will comprise a 20,000ft2 office as well as support for start-ups and micro businesses.

Aurs Road will also benefit from improvement works kicking off in spring 2018. The programme will create a safer more direct route between Newton Mearns and Barrhead – including continuous links for pedestrians and cyclists – that will improve journey times.

Together with additional projects, including the transformation of Dams to Darnley Country Park and a new rail station and bus interchange at Barrhead South, the total investment in the area via the East Renfrewshire City Deal totals £44 million.

As Maidenhill progresses, a raft of benefits for the Newton Mearns community, courtesy of the multimillion pound investment by CALA Homes (West) and Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, will come to fruition as well. These include:

  • The creation of a range of properties from one-bedroom flats to five-bedroom detached homes.
  • Land and funding to facilitate the construction of Maidenhill Primary – a brand new non-denominational school offering 444 primary school places as well as 120 nursery places.
  • Multiple pockets of land to facilitate the delivery of affordable housing.
  • A multi-use games area (MUGA) and 3G pitch within the school, and available for use by the wider community.
  • Generous public open space throughout the development – equivalent to around 19 football pitches – including a linear green corridor and host of pocket parks.
  • A contribution towards local community halls, sports grounds, sports halls and centres, libraries and community health and care provision.
  • Contribution of land towards a community faith facility.
  • Additional contributions towards off-site road improvements at Mearns Cross and sustainable transport.

Managing Director of Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Willie Burns, said: “East Renfrewshire is set to benefit from huge investment in the coming years, and we are proud to do our bit by creating a new community within Newton Mearns in the shape of Maidenhill. It goes to show just how thriving the region is, with Newton Mearns being one of the most sought after towns for homebuyers. Thanks to the East Renfrewshire City Deal investment, that is likely to remain the case.”

Managing Director of CALA Homes (West), Jim McIntyre, added: “Many of the projects being funded as part of the East Renfrewshire City Deal will come to fruition alongside our own development at Maidenhill. It means that anyone moving into this new neighbourhood will reap a whole host of benefits – not just those put forward in our own plans; but also those being put in place thanks to an extensive £44 million programme of works.”