Pilot self-build Maryhill homes take shape
December 2 2020
A pioneering self-build homes pilot project is taking shape at Maryhill Locks after Glasgow City Council facilitated the release of six plots for development.
First to emerge is plot 4 by Grigor Mitchell Architect which delivers a highly individual house design that is both sustainable and affordable.
Seed of much bigger self-build ambitions the initiative follows moves down south to enshrine the interests of people interested in self-build by obligating local authorities to maintain a register of interested parties and consider their interests when undertaking planning, housing and land disposal decisions.
While the Right to Build Act does not apply to Scotland Glasgow is pushing ahead regardless, shifting perceptions that self-build is only for unserviced individual rural plots but can be delivered at scale in deprived urban areas often overlooked by mainstream developers.
Councillor Kenny McLean commented: “Self-build housing is another way in which sites in the city can be developed to create homes that meet the different needs of people wanting to live here. The pilot scheme at Maryhill Locks is progressing very well, and it is great to see this special project receiving recognition. We can look forward to more self-build sites being developed in Glasgow over the next few years.”
A further five plots are being delivered in tandem, each benefitting from a design code and plot passport to streamline the planning process. This includes designs by John Gilbert Architects; A1 Architectural Design; Ann Nisbet; Stewart Associates and Wastu Design.
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