Councillor Day: Affordable homes vital for the city

Councillor Cammy Day, Housing Leader for the City of Edinburgh Council, explains the importance of delivering more affordable housing:

A key priority for this Council is to provide affordable homes for more of Edinburgh’s residents and this is something we are determined to achieve along with our partners in the private sector, Housing Associations and the Scottish Government.

It has already been identified that we need to deliver 16,000 affordable homes in the next ten years so it is vital that we do everything in our power to achieve this.

I recently attended the opening of a new housing development on Leith’s Fox Street which has created 100 affordable homes and has had a significant impact on the regeneration of the area. Developments like this help people to get on the property ladder and boost the local economy, so the overall impact is substantial. I look forward to seeing more of these projects throughout Edinburgh and the benefits they can bring.

There are far too many people struggling to find homes they can afford. There are 150 bids for every Council property that becomes available to let in the city and it is crucial that we act now to change this.

In challenging times like this we need to look at new innovative and creative approaches to provide these much needed homes, including low cost home ownership, shared equity and co-operative housing models.

We are currently developing a strategic business case that will help identify funding and drive new initiatives. More people in Edinburgh should have access to affordable, modern homes, not just to improve the quality of their lives but to benefit the city as a whole and create a lasting legacy for the future.

 - A business case for new affordable homes is due to be considered by the Health, Wellbeing and Housing Committee tomorrow, Tuesday 23 April.

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