A sizeable public housing estate in Kilwinning (North Ayrshire), Pennyburn lies a half-mile (0.8 km) west of the town centre. This was the first development by the Irvine Development Corporation (IDC) inaugurated by Willie Ross (1911-88), Secretary of State for Scotland, in 1968. Pennyburn became the model for IDC housing developments elsewhere, with terraces of houses located on small branching roads and cul-de-sacs off an arterial route. The first family moved into their home here in 1969, with their keys presented by Dr J. Dickson Mabon, Minister of State for Scotland (1925 - 2008). Development continued with a second phase begun the same year and a final phase in 1973. The houses in the first and second phases (Cranberry Road and Muirside Road) are similar; arranged in short terraces with separate garages, and comprise two storeys, grey-harled, with single-pitched roofs and often a section of timber-panelling on their highest elevation. The third phase (Culzean Place, Glenapp Place, Sundrum Place, Cambusdoon Place, Skelmorlie Place and Coodham Place) is different, comprising terraces of three- and five-storey blocks with garages beneath. The scant facilities include a post-office, Pennyburn Primary School (1972) and St. Luke's Primary School (1975). As the IDC was wound up in 1996, residents voted to transfer their houses to the Irvine Housing Association. In 2014, this Association invested £6.7 million replacing some poor quality housing and improving the energy efficiency of other properties here.

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