EXCITED Ayr residents got to move into new homes last week after a multi-million pound project was completed by the council.

South Ayrshire Council officially opened the ‘School Gardens’ development creating more affordable housing.

The project has seen £4.5 million spent on new cottage flats, townhouse and bungalows, completely transforming the site of the former Whitletts Primary School.

Tenants have already snapped up all 26 of the modern, bright and spacious homes which also feature solar panels in a bid to reduce bills and be more energy efficient.

The new homes are a mix between one and six bedrooms, and have been designed with flexibility in mind.

Inseparable neighbours Louise Freeburn, 60 and Joan Sinclair,72 have already moved into their brand new bungalows. The pair lived beside each other at Westwood Avenue in the town and wanted to keep that close connection.

Former Whitletts Primary pupil, Louise said: “I love my new home and having Joan next door is a bonus. All the houses look great, they are just a little bit different from each other and don’t feel crammed together.

“I went to Whitletts Primary School and although it was sad to see the building pulled down, we now have a great wee community.”

Joan said: “I was living in a three bedroom property before and it was getting a bit much for me, so my new bungalow is perfect. Louise was offered her house at the same time and we agreed if one of us moved then the other would move too. I am getting to know my new neighbours and I am really happy here.

Councillor Philip Saxton, Housing and Community Wellbeing Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “I am delighted with the new development; these homes are a great addition to the area.

“This project is not just about bricks and mortar it’s about breathing new life into our communities. Our tenants have already settled in to their surroundings and I know they are over the moon with their new homes.”

Builders of the new estate, Cruden also contributed to the local community when they donated £1,500 to Domain Youth Centre to help create a sensory garden during the construction.