Green light for the regeneration of Bellsmyre
Date Posted: 19th of August 2020
Today we have secured planning permission from West Dunbartonshire Council to press ahead with the first phase of our ambitious £30 million regeneration of the Bellsmyre area of Dumbarton, beginning with the construction of 66 new affordable homes along Muir Road.
The new homes will be a mix of houses and flats with one, two and three bedrooms to cater for a wide range of families and individuals. There will be 44 two and three bedroom houses, and 22 one and two bedroom flats.
Two flatted blocks will be constructed at the southern end of Muir Road, closest to Howatshaws Road, each three storeys in height. Two blocks of two-storey cottage flats will be constructed further north along Muir Road, with the two storey houses taking up the remainder of the development to the north of the site.
All will be finished in a grey multi-tone textured brick, with contemporary grey window frames.
Several areas of open space are included with the largest area planned for the south-western part of the site, incorporating children’s natural play equipment, benches and landscaping. A walkway from here will lead to Glenside Road.
Cycle storage will be provided for residents of the flats, offering a mix of covered and secure storage together with cycle hoops. There is also 83 car parking spaces incorporated into the development.
We expect to announce the contractor for this development in September and it is anticipated that work will start in spring 2021.
Julie Cosgrove, Chief Executive of Caledonia Housing Association said: “This is very welcome news and means we can press ahead with our plans to transform Bellsmyre. We have been working closely with tenants and residents to gain their support for our plans for the regeneration of their community. The redevelopment will provide a range of quality affordable housing to the area to help transform the area.”
The wider redevelopment of Bellsmyre – which will be completed in phases - will include the construction of new, affordable, two-storey homes to replace a total of 225 traditional flats. Older, less popular three-storey tenements will be demolished and replaced with family friendly, principally front/back door houses, each with their own garden.