A FAMILY-run Glasgow housebuilder has announced the launch of a new private homes arm, as planning permission was granted for its first development.

AS Homes (Scotland)’s new subsidiary, Briar Homes, has been given the go-ahead for 73 new homes for sale in Broomhouse. The £20 million first phase will consist of 55 three and four-bedroom detached homes.

Briar Homes managing director Paul Kelly said: “Before the recession, AS Homes built a mix of private and social housing, but during the tougher economic times we took the decision to focus on social housing.

“We believe that with the housing market in steady recovery, and with more buyers looking for spacious family homes close to Glasgow, the time is right for us to branch out into private housing again.

“We are working with the Housing Growth Partnership, who are partnering with small housebuilders to support the sustainable growth of their businesses, increasing the number of homes they can build with the ultimate aim of addressing housing affordability by increasing supply.”

Briar Homes also has land in place for a further developments.