Firm says economic fundamentals are still favourable towards house building

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Barratt Developments will open 12 sites in Scotland that will lead to 2,280 new homes being built in the country throughout the course of this year.

The new sites will underpin more than 6,200 existing jobs and support around 100 new jobs in the country, which the firm said reflects the continued demand for new homes in key locations. Barratt added it predominantly employs local subcontractors and tradesmen, so local businesses will benefit directly from the jobs.

New developments to be launched in Scotland this year include Brae of Yetts in Kirkintilloch, Preston Square in Prestonpans and The Fairways in Drumpellier.

Last year, the housebuilder opened 14 new sites across Scotland with a total of 2,500 new homes for sale. New sites launched include Mains of Culduthel near Inverness, Weirs Wynd in Brookfield and The Woodlands in Dalkeith.

It added it also sold out on a number of developments, including Harlaw Gait in Inverurie, The Elms in Kirkliston and Westlin Walk in Kilmarnock.

Douglas McLeod, regional managing director for Barratt Developments in Scotland, said: “Despite some regional differences in market conditions across Scotland, the economic fundamentals are still favourable towards house building.”