New Hallglen homes that cut energy bills

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess visits the Loretto housing in Hallglen
Housing Minister Margaret Burgess visits the Loretto housing in Hallglen

Affordable housing that helps families save money on their fuel bills have been praised by one of the first tenants on the estate.

The new Bissett Court in Hallglen features 26 energy-efficient homes which have high levels of insulation and solar panels are designed to cut fuel costs, as well as ease the housing shortage in Falkirk district.

New tenant Lee Feeney moved into her three-storey, five-bedroom home three weeks ago with her six children to be closer to family.

The 36-year-old said: “We’ve moved to Falkirk because I’ve got family in this area.I really love my new house.

“The space is amazing, considering that we’ve come from a three-bedroom house in West Lothian. The kids are very happy now they have their own rooms, especially since they are getting older.”

The site, built by Loretto, is on a former farm steading with houses ranging in size from one to five bedrooms. The development includes eight amenity flats designed to suit older people and four houses for large families.

The £3.2 million development was built with £1.6m grant support from the Scottish Government.

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess, who visited the estate last week, said: “Housing is at the heart of this government’s ambitions to make Scotland a fairer and more prosperous country.

“Not only are these new homes comfortable and spacious, but they are a great example of how affordable housing can also be designed to help tenants cut their fuel bills through insulation and energy efficiency.

Loretto Housing chairman Michael Burns, said: “At Loretto Housing we are keen to provide affordable homes for all different types of tenants – single people, older people, small and large families.

“This small development has tried to address this with a range of different house types and sizes.”