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£14m Glasgow home development opened

Scotland's deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon has opened a new £14 million affordable homes development. 

Centurion Way offers a total of 87 properties - 43 for social rent, 22 for shared equity and 22 for mid-market rent - and was funded through a partnership between the Scottish government and Glasgow City Council. 

It is the first scheme of its kind to be funded under the council's development programme and it is specifically designed to cater of those people who do not qualify for social housing, but cannot afford to get a mortgage. 

Research carried out by the local authority has estimated up to ten per cent of households could be in this position. 

Partick Housing Association is going to be responsible for managing the property and Alastair Firth, chairperson of the group, said: "Our vision ... is to be close to the community - working in partnership to deliver high-quality homes and services. 

"Centurion Way has been transformed from an old railway siding into a high-amenity area and will provide people with a variety of options for good quality, affordable and energy efficient housing."

The development, which was named by children from the nearby St Peter's Primary School after they researched the Roman history of the site, comes with a play park for kids who live in the flats. A combined heat and power system has also been installed and this will deliver savings on energy costs for residents.

Ms Sturgeon said the development is timely, as the local housing market area is "pressurised" at the moment and she is confident Centurion Way will make a "fantastic addition to the community". 

Earlier this year, Partick Housing Association received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. Some £209,271 was given to the Partick Community Growing Space Project and the money will be used to turn derelict land into usable allotments. 

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