The minister for local government and planning saw for himself the progress of the construction of new homes at Dargavel in Renfrewshire.
The multi-million pound regeneration programme will provide homes in Bishopton, Renfrewshire, as well as a new primary school, library, community centre, leisure centre and woodland park.
The first phase of the development, which includes house builders CALA, Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey, offers around 530 modern, energy efficient homes comprising two, three, four and five bedrooms on the BAE Systems-owned site in Bishopton.
During his time as leader of Renfrewshire council, Derek Mackay played a key role in the overall development of the Bishopton masterplan.
Mackay said: "Seeing firsthand the progress that's being made in the initial phase of new housing at Dargavel Village was a great opportunity to see the commitment and drive from the developers to make the vision for the former Royal Ordnance Factory site in Bishopton become a reality.
"I'm delighted to hear from Taylor Wimpey that the demand for new homes at Dargavel Village is well ahead of expectations, and that crucially there's a strong interest from a wide range of buyers from both the local market as well as further afield."
Willie Burns, managing director for Taylor Wimpey's West Scotland division, added: "Taylor Wimpey was delighted to welcome Derek Mackay onsite at Dargavel Village as our development within the first phase of the masterplan continues to make great progress.
"Since announcing this project, there has been a real appetite for information on our new homes at Dargavel Village, Bishopton with prospective buyers investing their own time into researching the development, and buyers who camped out overnight to buy one of new homes even before we had officially released the first phase for sale. This is a major transformational project in the west of Scotland, and it's encouraging to see the consistent demand is continuing with high visitor traffic each week."
Taylor Wimpey West Scotland's first development in Dargavel Village, Bishopton, offers 147 new homes comprising a range of three, four and five bedroom houses in a variety of styles and sizes.
A further development of 150 new homes offering a mix of two, three, and four bedroom styles will be introduced later this year - increasing the overall choice of homes for buyers to consider.
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