New affordable homes completed in Quartermile development
One of Edinburgh’s most ambitious affordable housing projects reached completion today (Thursday, 14 November 2013) with the opening of the prestigious new Quartermile development.
Situated in a prime city centre location, the development includes 174 affordable homes which were delivered as part of the City of Edinburgh Council’s innovative Affordable Housing Policy.
The Council was the first in Scotland to develop this policy, which specifies that 25% of the homes in any residential development of 12 or more properties in the city must be approved as affordable housing in order to gain planning permission. The objective of this condition is to deliver mixed, sustainable communities in all wards of the city. It is largely thanks to this policy that it has been possible to deliver affordable homes in a location where property prices are often at a premium.
The construction was also made possible by the Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) which awarded £6.867 million of grant funding to be administered by the Council. Hillcrest Housing Association invested a further £5.845 million to subsidise the social rented flats and funded the remaining 76 mid-market rent properties.
A total of 900 properties have been created on the iconic site of the old Royal Infirmary, 174 of which are affordable homes. The development is made up of a mixture of one, two and three-bed flats, with 98 available for social rent and 76 available at mid-market rent levels. Seven of the flats have been specially designed to be accessible for wheelchair users.
Housing Leader, Councillor Cammy Day, said: “The completion of high-quality, affordable housing in such a central and iconic location is a great achievement for the Council and its partners and is also an important milestone for social housing in the city.
“It demonstrates our commitment to build more affordable properties throughout Edinburgh and shows that ambitious projects like this can be delivered as part of our strategy to ensure that more people in the capital have access to a high standard of modern, energy efficient social housing.”
The Quartermile redevelopment as a whole occupies a substantial 19 acre site in the Lauriston area of Edinburgh, over-looking the Meadows and consists of new-build apartments, flats converted from the old Royal Infirmary hospital buildings, offices and retail units.
The Quartermile development includes the following housing mix:
43 x one bed flats for social rent/general needs
2 x one bed flats for social rent/particular needs
43 x two bed flats for social rent/general needs
2 x two bed flats for social rent/specific needs
5 x three bed flats for social rent/general needs
3 x three bed flats for social rent/specific needs
The City of Edinburgh Council’s Affordable Housing Planning Policy provides land at nil value to accommodate the compulsory 25% allocation of affordable housing in developments of over 12 properties.
The Scottish Government’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) is estimated to have generated £1billion in investment and over 8,000 throughout Scotland since 2004.
Hillcrest HA is a registered social landlord operating in Tayside, Fife, Perthshire and Edinburgh and provides mainstream and specialist accommodation within a broad range of housing. It owns and manages around 5,400 social rented homes and 222 shared ownership properties.
Hillcrest HA has delivered 555 affordable homes in Edinburgh since delegated authority was passed to the Council in 2004.
The Council has agreed a revised development programme with Hillcrest HA to deliver 126 new affordable homes in 2013/14, including the development at the former school site in Oaklands, Broomhouse (14 Social rent and 33 mid market rent homes).