CONSTRUCTION work is set to begin on a 426-home housing development in Kilwinning later this year.

Planning permission was granted in October last year for Persimmon West Scotland to complete the work.

The company completed the purchase of the site at Byrehill Grange earlier this month and as a result, work can soon commence.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: Persimmon have now completed the purchase of the Byrehill Grange site.Persimmon have now completed the purchase of the Byrehill Grange site. (Image: Street View)

The development will consist of a range of energy efficient two to four bedroomed homes, which Persimmon says are aimed at local families and first-time buyers.

It says that the development will transform vacant and derelict land within the town into a "vibrant new housing development, breathing new life into the town".

The company added that it will also be completing work to improve biodiversity in the area.

Work will include rerouting the Penny Burn through Byrehill Grange which will contain significant areas of open space incorporating a range of play areas and landscaping incorporating wildflower meadows.

The company is also aiming to deliver a variety of infrastructure improvements to benefit the town.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: An overview of the planned development.An overview of the planned development. (Image: Persimmon)

These will include zebra crossings, upgraded footpaths and a new pedestrian bridge over the Penny Burn.

Persimmon West Scotland land director Craig Moore said he is delighted that the plans have reached the next stage and will soon begin to come to fruition.

He commented: “We’re delighted to be taking forward the Byrehill Grange site, which will transform an area of derelict land and breathe new life into the local area.

“We’re committed to investing in North Ayrshire and will continue to work in partnership with the council to help retain and attract people to live and work in the area.

“With around half of our customers first-time buyers, we’re proud to be helping more local families take their first steps onto the housing ladder.”

More updates on the development can be found on the Persimmon website here.