Redevelopment of Cowan’s Close for affordable housing

Update January 2022

The Council has submitted a detailed planning application for new homes at Cowan’s Close. Visit our planning comments page to view and comment on the application and for guidance on commenting. The planning reference number for this project is 21/06745/FUL.

The site at Cowan’s Close is being considered for a new block of Council homes suitable for wheelchairs users.

Shortage of affordable housing

There is a shortage of affordable housing, like Council housing, in Edinburgh. For every Council house that becomes available for relet there are an average of 192 households ‘bidding’ to get it.

As well as the shortage of affordable housing there is an even greater shortage of adapted homes suitable for people with a disability or who need to use a wheelchair.

The proposal to build new wheelchair adapted Council homes at Cowan’s Close is being done as part of a Council target to build 20,000 new affordable homes in the city aimed at addressing some of that need.

Cowan’s Close current use

Neighbours of the site will be aware that the site is currently used as a depot by Council street cleansing staff. This use and staff based there are due to relocate as part of the Council’s depot review. Staff will relocate on a phased basis throughout 2021 and 2022. Find out more information about the depot review.

Get involved

Thank you for participating in our consultations and providing your valuable feedback.

Project information

Paper copies of the project information can be sent to you by contacting

0141 339 1515.

Please include Cowan’s Close in the subject line.

How else you can make comments

You can make comments by contacting

or by writing to

Freepost HOUSING RESEARCH (no stamp required).

Please include Cowan’s Close as subject.