Dunedin Canmore to build more affordable homes for older people

Dunedin Canmore WheatleyDunedin Canmore is to build 31 new homes in East Lothian for the over 55s.

The development, in Musselburgh, is part of a drive to help older people live independently in their homes for longer.

Work is due to start in April and comes after Phase 1 at Eskmills which saw 31 flats built, also for over 55s.

Dunedin Canmore chief executive, Ewan Fraser, said: “There is a real shortage of affordable housing for the over 55 age group in Edinburgh and the Lothians. We are committed to building more modern housing that continues to meet people’s needs as they grow older. It is an innovative alternative to ‘sheltered’ housing that allows people to continue an independent lifestyle.”

The amenity flats, for social rent, will have lift access and a facility to connect to the council’s telecare emergency call system. Residents will also have use of a laundry drying room and resident parking.

Dunedin Canmore, part of Wheatley Group, provides 6000 homes for social and mid-market rent in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife.

The development, being part-funded by a £1.26 million Scottish Government grant, is in Musselburgh town centre, close to all major amenities including the Musselburgh to Edinburgh rail link.

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