Council plans to build nearly 80 new homes in Kilwinning have now been approved.

The £12.7million plans for 79 houses at the old St Michaels Academy site, in St Michael’s Wynd, will see homes for social rent and include general needs, amenity, wheelchair, sheltered and supported accommodation.

The development will provide 24 sheltered homes, 10 supported accommodation houses with a staff base, two amenity bungalows, two bungalows suitable for wheelchair users, 34 general needs homes and seven three and four bedroom homes which are wheelchair liveable on the ground floor.

The supported accommodation will be allocated by the Health and Social Care Partnership to tenants who have additional support needs with a 24-hour staff base – sharing the design principles used with the sheltered housing.

Cabinet Member for Place Cllr Jim Montgomerie said: “We are planning on building almost 80 new council homes in Kilwinning – that is one of the largest developments in our house building programme and will be a major investment in Kilwinning.

“Across North Ayrshire, we’re building hundreds of modern, energy efficient homes for our residents and the feedback we have received so far on our completed homes has been hugely positive – I’m sure these new homes at St Michael’s Wynd will be no different.

“We’re reaching every part of North Ayrshire with our housebuilding programme, even our islands of Cumbrae and Arran, which will see the first new council houses for a generation. This is a key part of our transformational ambitions for North Ayrshire, helping to regenerate towns and communities.”