Housing charity flooded with applications from prospective tenants

Scottish housing charity LAR has been inundated with applications from prospective tenants for apartments at its new development in Cockenzie in East Lothian.

The new homes, which are nearing completion, are on the site of the old boatyard and enjoy enviable harbour views.

Ann Lesie, chief executive at LAR, said: “We’ve just started accepting applications and have received an unprecedented level of interest in these homes, which highlights the need for good quality affordable homes in the area. I suspect the position of the development right on the shore is also what makes it so popular as the views over the sea really are quite stunning.”

The development is being built by Hart Builders, part of The Cruden Group, and consists of 22 two bed and four one bed flats. It is the first contract to be called off from LAR’s £5 million building framework and the organisation’s first design and build project.

Mrs Leslie added: “This development has been a game changer for us in that we have been actively involved in remediating the site, designing the homes and seeking planning permission, prior to appointing a builder. We have previously bought turn key properties or homes already under construction and so to have been able to construct such a stunning development as our first project is fantastic. I would urge anyone interested in these homes to get in touch as soon as possible, given the popularity so far.”

LAR was set up in late 2015 to provide much needed mid-market rental properties across Scotland. It currently has two other completed developments in East Lothian in its portfolio, at Pinkie Mains in Musselburgh and Macmerry and is actively looking for more sites to develop into more affordable housing.

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