Plans are to be unveiled for 81 new council houses on Irvine’s Harbourside – despite the site being contaminated.

The planned development would see a mix of modern, energy-efficient housing and sheltered housing which would be built on a site opposite the old Magnum centre.

The council will be taking steps to decontaminate the site.

There will be different sizes of properties, up to four bedrooms and include amenity bungalows and homes which are suitable for wheelchair users.

These would include sheltered housing containing 32 homes for older residents, featuring the latest design and technology innovations.

Council chiefs say no decision has yet been made on the future of the Magnum site.

Residents will get the chance to view the proposals first hand at a consultation event being held on Thursday, December 13, at Irvine’s Harbour Arts Centre, from 1.30pm-3.30pm and 4.30pm-6.30pm.

Those wishing to attend should book in advance by calling 01294 324031 or emailing uk by December 11.

The project is expected to get underway in summer 2019, with completion scheduled for early 2021.

Council bosses say the site will be checked for contamination, with NAC investigating the level of funding required in order to address any possible issues and will seek funding from the Scottish Government in order to help meet this cost.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place said: “These new homes in Irvine will be in an area of very high demand and will cater for different types of needs, whether that’s our older residents, families or those with support needs.

“This is fantastic news and shows how North Ayrshire Council is leading the way in providing modern, energyefficient homes.”