Christmas comes early with 43 new affordable homes in Leith

(from left) Keith Anderson, chief executive of Port of Leith Housing Association; Ben Macpherson MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith; Kate Campbell, convenor of housing and economy for the City of Edinburgh Council; Kevin Stewart, housing minister; Philip Neaves, chair Persevere Developments and Gavin Pope, land director at CALA Homes (East)

Port of Leith Housing Association and Persevere Developments are celebrating the official opening of 43 homes for mid market rent at the Ten Brunswick Road development built by CALA Homes (East).

The site, which was previously home to the Royal Mail Sorting Office, has been transformed to create a total of 175 one and two-bedroom homes in a popular neighbourhood where Leith meets the city centre.

Minister for local government, housing and planning, Kevin Stewart MSP, officially opened the development yesterday, with guests being invited to tour the grounds and view the homes.

The bright and modern properties, featuring private balconies with decking and Juliette balconies with enviable views across the city, are set within carefully landscaped communal areas.

Port of Leith Housing Association invested more than £5.8 million into the development, including a Scottish Government housing association grant of £1.2m.

New tenants David and Avril Young

Keith Anderson, chief executive of Port of Leith Housing Association, said: “We are thrilled to see people moving into these outstanding new homes which have transformed this part of Leith and created a new landmark where the Royal Mail Sorting Office once stood.

“With demand for high-quality, affordable homes so high, we are very proud to provide these brilliant places for people to call home with rents well below the level of the private rented sector.

“It really does feel like Christmas has come early for us this year and for everyone settling into their new homes.”

Kevin Stewart MSP said: “I’m delighted to be invited here to open these new build affordable homes which are a very welcome addition to the supply of affordable housing in Edinburgh. Making sure everyone has a safe, warm and affordable home is central to this government’s drive to make our country fairer and more prosperous and this development demonstrates once again the Scottish Government’s commitment to the delivery of 50,000 new affordable homes this parliament.

“I am pleased that the Scottish Government were able to support Port of Leith Housing Association to deliver these homes with funding of more than £1m.”

Gavin Pope, land director at CALA Homes (East), added: “The handover of these completed affordable homes ahead of schedule is a fantastic way to conclude the development of Ten Brunswick Road.

“A key focus of the development has always been to deliver high quality, tenure blind housing and we are delighted this has been achieved.

“Credit must go to all those involved in the project for their commitment to deliver what is a complex, brownfield city centre site. From the outset through to handover, the whole experience has been very positive.”

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