Mauchline is set to benefit from a multimillion-pound housing development specially designed for its older residents.

The 14-unit development, which will be similar to the award winning Lillyhill Gardens development in Kilmarnock, will ensure that older and vulnerable people can remain in the heart of their community within a safe and supported environment.

Working closely with colleagues from the Health and Social Care Partnership, the Housing team will ensure that the new homes will be wheelchair accessible, have wet floor bathrooms, rise and fall kitchen units and assistive technologies to support older people to live independently.

The older people will also receive high quality care support from care providers located within the development.

Councillor Elena Whitham, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “This is an exciting time for the people of Mauchline.

"In April, we announced grant funding of over £1.8m, from Historic Environment Scotland and the council that will dramatically transform historic buildings within the town. From now until March 2024, the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) will provide significant funding for the repair and restoration of key buildings, small grants for building repairs, shopfront improvements and replacement of UPVC windows and gutters with traditional materials, training and educational and community-based projects including artworks.

“There are going to be visible improvements to the townscape and the new housing development will have an important role to play in the regeneration of Mauchline.”