Stewart Milne Homes Launches First Major New Residential Development in Aberdeenshire in Five Years as Sales Performance Improves

Posted on: Mar 15, 2021

Stewart Milne Homes has launched its first new development of private homes in Aberdeen for five years.

Leathan Green in Portlethen is a new community of 55 homes, representing a £15m investment by the independent, award-winning housebuilder. Despite work only beginning on site, eight sales have already been taken.

The launch of this development comes as Stewart Milne Group reports strong sales performance in Aberdeenshire since emerging from lockdown.

Group chief executive, Stuart MacGregor, said: “We’ve seen a surge in sales activity in the last four months and have a very strong forward sales position going into 2021. Although the Aberdeen market has been more challenging in recent years, our sales are significantly ahead of the same period last year. There continues to be a strong demand for quality homes in desirable locations and we are seeing a particularly high demand  in locations such as Alford and Stonehaven, where a strong sense of community and the ability to enjoy more space and access to countryside have become a higher priority than commuting distance for buyers.”

This, he says, underlines the trend of people choosing to live further out of town as a result of the enforced working from home leading to a shift towards more remote working in the future and the desire for more flexible space indoors and outdoors.

Mr MacGregor welcomed the return in demand in the Aberdeenshire market evidenced by recent sales across the region.

He said: “The market is not without its challenges but we’ve been responding to these by spending the last nine months refining and developing our design standards and products to ensure that our award-winning developments are even more appealing to customers.

“Leathan Green is our first major development of family homes close to the city since we completed our Westhill development and it’s great to see high demand at such an early stage. Portlethen has always been attractive to home buyers with its combination of established education, retail and leisure facilities and great access to both city and countryside. We know Portlethen better than any other housebuilder having previously developed over 600 homes in the town.”

Leathan Green, which sits on the edge of Portlethen close to the AWPR, will comprise 44 three and four-bedroom detached family homes with 11 affordable homes and apartments set within a carefully laid-out neighbourhood with tree-lined streets and landscaped gardens. An adventure play park and new cycle paths will form part of the new neighbourhood.