Speyside homes project will add ‘vitality’ to town

Councillors Mike McConachie and Fiona Murdoch inspecting progress at new home builds at Dufftown
Councillors Mike McConachie and Fiona Murdoch inspecting progress at new home builds in Dufftown

NEW HOUSE BUILDING in Dufftown that began in March is progressing rapidly with roofs already completed on 19 energy-efficient homes.

Moray Council’s affordable housing project in the town is expected to be completed by the end of the year – and yesterday local councillors were on site to see for themselves how the build was progressing.

Eight of the new properties are in the ‘cottage flat’ style, specifically designed for use by older people at a site that was originally the home of a cooperage and auction mart. The properties were purchased by Moray Council at the start of the year with the aim of meeting demand for low-cost housing in Speyside.

Commenting that the development will make a major difference in Dufftown, Councillor Fiona Murdoch added: “Having these homes in the heart of the town will add to its vitality.

“Too many of our people have to move away because they can’t afford private sector houses, so this level of investment in our rural communities will make staying here affordable for many.

“I am particularly pleased to see the high level of insulation and efficient heating systems being installed.”

Low-cost energy systems that will help to reduce fuel costs for residents will be included as standard in all of the new homes.  The £2.5million contract for the project was awarded to Elgin-based Robertson Construction, who have a 30-strong team on site.

The Speyside site is part of a commitment to the building of 500 new home throughout Moray over the next ten years.  When complete the Dufftown site will boast eight one-bedroom and three two-bedroom flats alongside six three-bed and two four-bed family homes.