Affordable homes completed in Muirhouse
A mix of one bedroom cottage flats and two-bedroom terrace homes have been handed over to social housing providers Dunedin Canmore, part of the Wheatley Group. Each home is highly energy efficient meeting silver sustainability building standards which keep running costs low. Householders can also keep on top of their energy usage using the ‘Current Cost’ smart energy meters that have been installed in each property.
The £23 million development, which is just around the corner from Muirhouse Shopping Centre, is close to completion with 153 of the 202 homes planned now occupied.
Springfield Properties group partnership director, Tom Leggeat, said: “Muirhouse is one of our larger affordable developments and it’s coming along really well. Together, with Dunedin Canmore, we’ve transformed the former BT Training Centre into a development with open spaces, scenic views and energy efficient houses.
“It’s great to be able to handover a further 25 homes before Christmas before completing the final homes next year.”
This development is part of a wider area regeneration to revitalise Muirhouse and Pennywell with a mix of new housing and offering a new lease of life to the whole Muirhouse area.
Dunedin Canmore managing director, Hazel Young, added: “This development features brilliant homes for social rent as well as attractive mid-market homes for people who are on a modest income. They are a great boost to the Muirhouse community and an excellent example of how we are tackling the shortage of energy-efficient, affordable homes in Edinburgh. I hope that the new tenants will be very happy in their new warm and secure homes.”
Kevin Stewart, minister for local government and housing, said: “Making sure everyone has a safe, warm and affordable home is central to our drive for a fairer and more prosperous Scotland.
“We are determined to accelerate and increase affordable housing supply across Scotland, to reach our ambitious target of 50,000 affordable homes, backed by £3 billion investment during the lifetime of this Parliament.
“I am therefore delighted that a further 25 affordable homes have been completed by Springfield Properties, in partnership with Dunedin Canmore and this excellent development in Muirhouse is now close to completion, with 153 homes occupied.
“This is a great example of how partnership working can deliver high quality, energy efficient homes that are a welcome addition to the supply of affordable housing in Edinburgh.”