Progress being made on one of Edinburgh's newest affordable developments

Councillor Cammy Day, Housing Leader for Edinburgh City Council, checked in for a progress report on one of the city's newest affordable housing developments yesterday.

West gait affordable homesHe visited West Gait, a £10m development by Places for People which will deliver 93 new homes over the next year.

Construction work started recently and first properties will be available in Spring of 2013 and is set to be completed by the end of 2013.

The new housing will be a mix of 93 one and two-bedroom apartments, three-bedroom houses and four-bedroom townhouses. Over half of the homes will be for affordable ownership; 15 homes for social rent and 30 mid-market rent homes. The affordable ownership units are a mixture of both shared equity and shared ownership, to provide as many options as possible for people to move in.

Mid-market rent properties enable those in employment who could not otherwise afford main market rents to access good quality new affordable homes.

Councillor Cammy Day, Housing Leader for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "The Capital Coalition is committed to developing a more co-operative and collaborative approach to delivering new housing in the city. The partnership between ourselves and Places for People is another good example of that approach. The city needs good quality affordable housing and I'm delighted to see work starting on the latest phase of this particular regeneration site in North Edinburgh. This development will deliver 93 homes as well as providing jobs in the local area and a boost to local businesses."

Colin Rae, Project Director at Places for People said: "We are really pleased to see the start of our West Gait project which will complete the final phases of a development project started in 2004. We are offering a range of different ways for people to move into a new home including shared ownership and shared equity schemes. In addition we are also offering mid-market rent options meaning they are very competitively priced - great if people are looking to save money for a future deposit."

Lovell regional director Alan Taylor said: "Work is now well under way on this high-quality development of modern, energy-efficient new homes. The scheme will help local people on to the housing ladder through its affordable home ownership properties as well as delivering much-needed new homes for social and mid-market rent."

The scheme will also create new local jobs: contractor Lovell is looking to take on six school or college leavers to work on the project and two apprentices.

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