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By Zac Hannay
Dumfries and West
Views sought on Lochside regeneration

RESIDENTS in Lochside are being urged to have their say on regeneration plans for the area.

Wheatley Homes South and Dumfries and Galloway Council want people living locally to help create a housing-led masterplan which will lead to new, high-quality, affordable homes.

To do this they are offering online, face-to-face, paper survey or email methods to tenants and residents.

A series of focus group sessions will commence in the next few months where residents will be invited to attend events and share their views on what the regeneration should include.

Since launching, almost 500 responses have been received, with 50 per cent of people saying the type of housing is the most important thing to them moving forward. This was followed by healthy and safe communities, and the need for better green and open space.

Alan Glasgow, managing director of Wheatley Homes South, said: “It’s important the tenant voice is heard at every stage of the process as the community’s views and feedback will directly shape and influence our proposals.

“Along with Dumfries and Galloway Council, we have been engaging with tenants and residents in Lochside to get views as to what the regeneration will look like.

“Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to be in Lochside, speaking with customers and engaging with them on what they want from the regeneration of the area.”

Councillor Katie Hagmann is the chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy and Resources Committee, she said: “We are delighted to be working together to create an ambitious housing-led masterplan for Lochside.

“There are opportunities to renovate the existing housing stock, and create new energy efficient homes. This will help enhance the built and physical environment, whilst also reducing carbon emissions and tackling fuel poverty.

“Wheatley Homes South and our council are fully behind the aspiration to create new jobs, apprenticeships, and training opportunities for local people though this project.”

Lochside residents can have their say by visiting the following link: http://ow.ly/fy7350LZgKm

The plans are part of the commitments made to customers in Dumfries and Galloway following Wheatley Homes South, previously DGHP, joining Wheatley Group in 2019. These commitments included making improvements to homes and services, upgrading existing homes and delivering hundreds of new homes across the region.

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