First new council houses in generation to be built in Edinburgh


By Amanda MacMillan

SCOTLAND’S Housing Minister Alex Neil cut a sod of earth as work on the first new council houses to be built in Edinburgh for a generation finally got underway yesterday (tues).

The city will see an addition of 215 new homes built as work on the site of three former high rises in Gracemount gets underway – with at least 67 for rent.

The rest will be for shared equity sale or mid market rent.

The homes, constructed by developers Cruden Group along with Hart Builders will, be a range of sizes and styles, such as flats and colony houses, with the first council homes available in winter 2011.