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New Housing Development for Alva

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28

May 2013

A total of 48 socially rented homes are to be built on the site of the former Alva Academy, after the Council agreed to sell the land to developers.

During February and March 2012 the Council approved two reports aimed at stimulating the local economy including marketing the development of the former Alva Academy site.

The interested developer Tigh Grian Limited has now managed to secure available Scottish Government grant-funding for the project through the Greener Home Innovation Scheme'.

Last week the Council agreed to sell the land at Queen Street, Alva, for 1 which in the long term will create both the economic development and regeneration of the town of Alva and the wider area of Clackmannanshire.

Tigh Grian Limited are keen to roll-out the environmentally innovative technology and construction methods in delivering a larger affordable social housing project in partnership with a Housing Association in Alva.

The Minister for Housing and Welfare announced on 18th March a grant to the Tigh Grian Ltd project for the Alva site which amounted to 2,267,616.

Last week the Council agreed to sell the land to the developers with the condition that the Council is granted full nomination rights.

The bid is based on delivering a range of one bedroom four-in-a block cottage flats and two bedroom semi-detached houses and developers are working to finalise plans for the site.

Welcoming the new development, Council Leader, Councillor Gary Womersley said: "We are delighted to have the firm on board to deliver what will be in the long term much needed socially rented accommodation in Clackmannanshire, but equally important they will be energy efficient homes."

Initial meetings have been held to explore the scope to relocate the existing Alva Medical Centre to Queen Street. Further discussions involving the GP partners, NHS representatives, Council representatives and community representatives are being arranged to explore
the possibilities further.