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Housing / Eight more Berryview homes nearly completed

HJALTLAND Housing Association says a further eight units are nearing completion at its new Berryview scheme in Scalloway.

Phase two of the Upper Scalloway development supplements the 32 affordable homes launched last year, and will again see opportunities for first time buyers.

Working in partnership with the Scottish Government through the new supply shared equity scheme, the association will provide aspiring homeowners with the opportunity to purchase their first home at a discounted rate.

A photo of some of the homes built in the first phase. Photo: Hjaltland Housing Association

Within this particular development, four properties will become available for purchase, with the other four properties being added to the association’s portfolio of social rented properties.

The properties available for purchase, at a discounted rate of up to 40 per cent, are:

  • 2 x three-bedroom, four person houses
  • 2 x four-bedroom, six person houses

Viewings by appointment will be held on Friday 2 February, where association staff will be on hand to answer any questions and hand out application packs.

Interested parties can book an appointment slot by phoning the association on 01595 694986.

Applicants not able to attend a viewing, but would like to be considered, can phone the association and request an application pack be sent out.

All completed applications must be submitted to Hjaltland no later than 9am on Monday 26 February.

Hjaltland Housing Association’s head of housing and customer services Ian Bray said: “We have a track record of delivering high quality affordable housing throughout the isles, but it is particularly pleasing to play a part in such a major life event; the purchase of a first home.

“Whilst our previous shared equity schemes have predominantly focused on smaller units, we are opening the door for larger families to benefit from this incredible and unique opportunity to purchase a property with up to a 40% discount.

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“This project will offer an alternative housing option for those on a low to medium income who may traditionally struggle to secure a mortgage and compete on the open market.”

The social rented properties at Berryview will be advertised during February.

Meanwhile Hjaltland says there are three other communities soon to benefit from additional housing stock.

Two family homes have just been completed at Ladies Mire in Brae, whilst the community in Aith will soon welcome another six units, with a four-property scheme in Walls due for completion in October.

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