Link completes new affordable housing in Granton



Roy Stirrat Link Group chair (left) and Cllr Cammy Day City of Edinburgh Council housing convenor
Roy Stirrat Link Group chair (left) and Cllr Cammy Day City of Edinburgh Council housing convenor

Link Group Ltd’s new affordable housing development at Shortbread Court, Granton has been officially opened by the City of Edinburgh Council’s housing convener, councillor Cammy Day.

The £2.9 million construction of 27 homes for intermediate rent commenced in November 2013, using £767,000 funding from the Affordable Housing Supply Programme, which is managed by the council on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Built by Queensberry Properties Ltd (Cruden Homes East Scotland) the properties consist of one-and two-bedroom flats and meet Link design standards for affordable housing. Each home has gas central heating and hot water systems, high thermal insulation and double glazing to create warm, comfortable and energy-efficient homes that will be easy and economical to run.

Earlier this year, Link completed two further developments at The Mooring, Ratho and Forthquarter, Granton and is currently building another 158 properties for social and intermediate rent (at City Park and Balmwell Terrace) the first of which will be completed by March 2016.

Councillor Day said: “We were delighted to work with our housing partners to deliver this development of desirable, energy efficient homes in a regenerated area of the city, which hard working people can afford to live in. Joining forces with organisations such as Link is allowing the council to build record numbers of much-needed affordable housing.”

Link Group chairman, Roy Stirrat, said: “We are delighted to have been supported by the Scottish Government and the City of Edinburgh Council to enable us to continue to provide new, high quality homes at rents affordable to people on low or limited fixed incomes. Since 2013, Link has built 138 new homes for social and intermediate rent in Edinburgh which have played a part in tackling the Capital’s shortage of affordable homes.”

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