LOCAL developer Mark Guild officially cut the first sod at Wester Restenneth in Forfar recently.
The sod was the first cut at a development to encompass 209 houses including 178 private homes and 31 affordable houses.
Costing £40 million ‘Restenneth Fields’ will be double the size of the Pathhead development in Kirriemuir.
At the sod cutting ceremony, Mark Guild, said: “We started from a position of weakness but with the support of the local community, the support of our many valued customers, many of whom are local with some further afield, the support of our loyal workforce, the support of our local suppliers and contractors we will, by August 2012, have completed not only a 120 house development at Hillhead in Kirriemuir, but also a further nine houses at Platten in the Brechin Road and six at Pathhead.”
He continued: “We are building double the amount of houses that we did before the credit crunch, a total of one every week.
“We employ double the amount of people we used to, up to 80 directly on a busy day and as many indirectly as a result of our efforts.
“We offer quality houses at affordable prices offering good old fashioned value for money to our many happy customers.”
The earthworks involved in the development will be completed by Colliston based company Geddes, who will move 250,000 tonnes in the process of the development.
Mr Guild also thanked local councillors Bill Middleton, Glennis Middleton, Colin Brown and John Rymer for their help and commitment to the local community and “enabling developments like this to overcome the many obstacles in the planning process and deliver housing to the people of Forfar.”