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New Housing Plans to be Unveiled

PLANS for new housing in Dick's Hill in Stranraer will be unveiled on Saturday. The public display follows consultation with residents and community groups throughout the town.

The unveiling by Dumfries and Galloway Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership is at Park Primary School from 11 am to 3 pm. James Shirazi, Director of Investment and Regeneration, said:

"Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) is delighted to announce that we are nearing the completion of the design phase, and we are looking forward to hearing the views of the tenants and residents during these final discussions prior to submitting the planning applications".

Chairman of the local authority's planning, housing and envireonment services committee Roger Grant said a lot of work had gone into producing the plans and ensuring residents had their say. He added:

"Neighbourhood Renewal is not just about bricks and mortar, it’s about building communities and I am pleased that residents have been able to voice their opinions and influence the plans throughout their development."

Saturday is also being billed as a chance for the Dick’s Hill community to have a good time. There will be face painting, circus workshop, inflatables and a barbecue.

A total investment of £64 million has been put together by the Partnership including the Scottish Government, Dumfries and Galloway Council, DGHP and the private sector. It involves the homes and lives of over 600 families both in Stranraer and North West Dumfries.

Meanwhile many of the nations largest housing developers have attended a seminar run by DGHP in preparation for the tendering of the remaining phases of the regeneration of "South Central" Stranraer. Mr Shirazi said:

"We, along with our partners, are looking for a developer to come on board that will commit and contribute to our vision of building new, vibrant communities and will offer training and employment opportunities for local residents".

The council's group manager for economic development, Tony Fitzpatrick, said the tenders for the contract would be issued in September, with the work expected to begin in spring 2009.

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