Work underway on new Council homes

Edinburgh Housing Leader, Councillor Cammy Day joined members of the local community to visit the construction site of 34 new Council homes in Pilton.

The development on West Pilton Crescent will provide the first new Council houses in the area for a generation and is part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s extensive 21st Century Homes project. The ambitious project will create 1,400 affordable homes for rent and sale throughout Edinburgh. The south of the city has already benefitted from 87 new Council homes and 12 shared equity properties.

The construction of a further 715 homes in Pennywell will follow as part of a major undertaking to regenerate the north of the city and help meet the increasing demand for social and mid-market rent properties.

The new West Pilton Crescent development will include 31 flats and three houses, all of which will be available for social rent. Improvements are also planned to upgrade the grounds of neighbouring Northview Court, which will benefit from an improved residents’ garden and a renovated play area that will include new equipment to make it suitable for both young and older children.

Councillor Day visited the site with representatives of Hart Builders and pupils from neighbouring primary schools, Pirniehall and St David’s. Speaking at the event, he said: “This is an exciting project for Pilton and will really enhance the local landscape as well as providing more Council homes, which the city so desperately needs.

“We are committed to investing in homes for social rent, whether this involves upgrading existing ones or building new, modern and energy efficient properties like these.

"The mix of flats and houses that are being created on West Pilton Crescent will make them accessible to families and individuals, which will help us to meet the ever increasing demand for Council homes in the area.”

Construction of the initial 34 properties is expected to be completed by October 2014.

An art competition for local school children was also launched at the event, entitled ‘What does home mean to you?’ Pupils from nearby schools have been asked to draw a picture of what home means to them, whether it’s their own home or their dream house. The competition is open to pupils from Pirniehall PS, St David’s PS, Craigroyston PS, Forthview PS, Oaklands School and Craigroyston Community High School.

Winning entries will be displayed on boards outside the development site.

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