Major step forward in regeneration of North Sighthill

Contractors are starting to demolish three blocks of flats in the North Sighthill area of Edinburgh from today (23 July).

The demolition of the flats, at Sighthill Wynd and Sighthill Green, is the latest phase of a major regeneration plan in this part of the city which will lead to 320 new homes for sale and rent, half of which will be affordable.

Edinburgh has an acute shortage of affordable homes and the city needs 16,000 more over the next ten years.

The work will take four months to complete and contractors will start soft stripping (taking away windows, doors, internal fittings) over the coming weeks before demolition of the blocks begins.

It follows on from the demolition of the three multi-storey blocks which took place in September 2011.

Councillor Cammy Day, the city's Housing Leader, said: "This is another major step forward in the regeneration of North Sighthill which will bring much-needed affordable homes to the area.

"Affordable housing is a huge priority for this Council which is why our 'contract with the capital' includes several pledges on housing. These include making sure the city's people are well-housed and encouraging developers to build residential communities.

"There is a constant strain on housing in Edinburgh and we will ensure we continue to look at new and innovative ways of securing investment for more affordable homes."

Additional information:

The demolition of the low rises is part of the City of Edinburgh Council's ambitious regeneration plans for the Capital. The 21st Century Homes programme will see up to 1,400 new homes being built as part of new mixed tenure communities comprising 50% affordable housing (30% council homes for rent, 10% mid rent, 10% low cost home ownership) with the remainder for private sale.

The Council is leading on this major investment in these new homes, worth up to £150 million.

Other areas included in the programme are Gracemount, Greendykes, Leith Fort and Pennywell and Muirhouse, where older housing has been demolished to make way for the new homes.

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