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MEP visits development providing boost to local housing in Dunfermline

Labour MEP for Scotland, Catherine Stihler, has visited a housing development that is protected by NHBC's 10-year Buildmark warranty. The development will provide 97 traditionally-built detached new homes when complete.

Catherine Stihler

Catherine Stihler MEP met with representatives from NHBC and the developers, Taylor Wimpey East Scotland, at their Carnegie Grange site in Dunfermline. The development is located in the heart of Duloch - a new residential area of the Royal Burgh of Dunfermline that offers easy access to the M90.

The event was organised by NHBC, the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK, to highlight its risk management processes and to show the MEP a prime example of new homes that meet current building regulations. The latest quarterly figures for Q1 2015 show that the number of new homes started in Scotland was 3,161, representing an 11% increase on the same quarter last year. The annual total number of new homes started in Scotland increased by 10%, from 9,640 in 2013 to 10,620 last year.

Commenting on the visit, Catherine Stihler MEP said: "Within the European Parliament, I am working on a piece of insurance legislation which would impact the house-building sector if we don't get it right. I have also worked on construction product standards for many years."

"As a result, it was a great opportunity to join NHBC at the Taylor Wimpey site to see the real life side of the rules we create in Brussels. It was a very interesting visit and I would like to thank those involved for having me on the day."

Barry Watson, Taylor Wimpey Site Manager, said: "We are fully committed to providing high quality homes for our customers and we work closely with NHBC in order to make sure that we achieve this. As part of our approach to quality and exceptional workmanship in every home, our apprenticeship scheme aims to attract, train and inspire young talent to learn from our experienced construction teams in order to future-proof the industry whilst helping us to create incredible new homes for our customers to enjoy."

"Two of our apprentices, Keiran Welsh and Michael Walker, have been part of the team at Carnegie Grange from the beginning of the development. Their individual talents and ability are helping us to deliver an exceptional standard of new home for customers who buy here."

Malcolm MacLeod, NHBC Director Scotland said: "NHBC was delighted to meet with Catherine Stihler MEP today to demonstrate how we work with the home-building industry for the benefit of the end user of the home, be that a tenant or owner. Our unique on-site inspection process combined with our land quality and engineering checks ensure that homes registered with NHBC are constructed to high standards and thereafter are protected with Buildmark, our 10-year warranty and insurance cover."

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News Date: 15/06/15