Buyers’ home help

091111 Kirkliston housing sites pic.
091111 Kirkliston housing sites pic.

POTENTIAL homeowners in Kirkliston and Queensferry have been given a help onto the property ladder with the news that more than 80 homes are being created for affordable housing.

Home Scotland has given the green light to Barratt to build a new development at Kirkliston.

Housing association Home Scotland last week signed up to a £9.7m contract with Barratt, East Scotland to develop the properties at Kirkliston.

The homes, part of a major housing masterplan at Kirkliston Village which will see the construction of 610 new homes over the next two years, will secure existing employment and also provide over 90 new jobs.

The affordable homes, a mix of two and three bedroom houses, cottage apartments and apartments, will include eight properties for wheelchair users and eight suitable for amenity elderly living.

The affordable homes will be designed and constructed to the latest building standards and be energy efficient to minimize costs.

Almond Ward councillor Norman Work, the city council’s deputy housing convener, said: “This is great news for people in the Queensferry and Kirkliston area who are looking to make that first step on the property ladder. I will be seeking assurances that Home Scotland prioritise these affordable units for local people. Homes Scotland specialise in supported/assisted living and I am investigating whether there will be homes available for local people.”

Edinburgh councillor Paul Edie, the city council’s housing convener, added: “This development will bring 81 much-needed affordable homes to the Kirkliston and surrounding area. The homes will meet a range of needs from older people to families and key workers who find themselves priced out of the housing market. Edinburgh is leading the way in the development of affordable housing in Scotland, with more than 1500 affordable homes approved for construction across the city this year.”

*The development is part of an overall consortium project, under the name of Kirkliston Village - a partnership scheme which includes Barratt East Scotland, Walker Group and Cala. The site has consent for 610 housing units, 25 per cent of which are to be affordable Housing Association units.