New homes for south west Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh Council has approved the disposal of land to build 150 affordable homes on a site that has lain derelict in the south west of the city for nearly 20 years.

Councillors on the Finance and Budget Committee today (Thursday 21 March) made the decision to sell the land at Harvesters Way in Wester Hailes to Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property groups.

Places for People already owns and manages 82 affordable homes built next to the site between 2008 and 2010. A further 86 were also made available for sale.

The original site housed eight residential tower blocks which were demolished in 1994 and the site has been vacant ever since.

The £16.5m investment will create more than 200 jobs during the construction period and complete the regeneration of the site, which includes the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre.

Councillor Ricky Henderson, Convener of the Health, Wellbeing and Housing Committee, said: “It’s great news for the Wester Hailes community that this site is finally going to be built on after lying vacant for so many years.

“It's been an eyesore in recent times with many ideas and proposals having come and gone without materialising, but with these new affordable homes and the new Healthy Living Centre, this regeneration is a welcome boost for Wester Hailes.”

Colin Rae, Project Director at Places for People, said: “We’re delighted to be involved in the development of this site.  Our aim is to provide good quality, affordable homes in communities where people will choose to live. 

“The previous development on Harvesters Way has already proved highly successful in helping to regenerate the area and this opportunity will consolidate the good work already achieved.”

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