Work begins on new Edinburgh council homes

posted 2 Sept 2010, 02:24 by South Edinburgh Net Admin

Work on the first new council homes to be built in Edinburgh for a generation is to get under way, after city officials appointed a developer.

The capital-based Cruden Group is to begin building 215 homes on the site of three former high rise block’s in Gracemount.

At least half of the properties will be affordable housing, with 87 of the 99 first phase properties available for social and mid-level rent. A total of 20 properties will be available for purchase under a shared equity scheme, while the first affordable homes are expected to be made available by the end of next year.

Steven Simpson, Managing Director of Cruden Homes (East) Ltd, said: “The Cruden Group is delighted to have been appointed as the developer for the 21st Century Homes programme in Gracemount.

“Working in tandem with City of Edinburgh Council during this pioneering project, we are looking forward to applying our regeneration experience to alleviate an acute shortage of good quality modern affordable housing in Edinburgh during a time of unprecedented lending constraints and economic uncertainty.

“Throughout the construction of 215 homes over the next four years, this exciting programme will not only provide a secure, sustainable and socially inclusive environment for future generations, but will also generate much needed employment and training opportunities that will be delivered through our successful and established community benefits programme.”

The development is part of a council programme which aims to build 1.300 homes for sale or rent over the next eight years.

The 21st Century Homes scheme will also see up to £150m invested in the regeneration of the Gracemount, North Sighthill, Pennywell and Muirhouse areas of the city.

Housing leader, Councillor Paul Edie, said: “The 21st Century Homes programme is a vital element of our ongoing long term regeneration plans for the Capital and also demonstrates our commitment to tackling the desperate need for more affordable homes in Edinburgh.

 “Recent investment from the Scottish Government is very welcome as shown by the £1.675m which we secured for the Gracemount development. However we still have some way to go to filling the enormous gap in affordable housing which is why we are working closely with them to explore new and innovative ways of building more.”

Source: STV News