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Edinburgh delivers record number of 'affordable' homes

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government

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A record amount of 'affordable' homes are being built in Edinburgh, the city council has claimed.

With house prices in the capital higher than in any other Scottish city, City of Edinburgh Council has delivered more than 1,200 low-cost places to live in 2013/14, compared to 411 in 2008/09.

Working with housing associations and housebuilders, the council invested £142 million in public and private funding in housebuilding over the past year, generating £107m for the local economy and supporting more than 1,900 jobs.

As of March 2014, 1,000 homes were under construction at 25 sites in the city, 23 of which are brownfield.

Recent developments include new homes in Greendykes and West Pilton Crescent, while work is set to start on a major regeneration in Pennywell this year which will include more than 700 new homes.

Housing leader councillor Cammy Day said: "The fact that this has been another record year for the provision of affordable homes in Edinburgh despite the economic climate is excellent news. Residents have the right to access quality, sustainable housing in their local communities and we are working hard to make this happen.

"However, it's important that we keep up the momentum and continue to work with partner agencies to provide new housing each year. Demand for housing that people can afford to rent or buy will continue and we are committed to meeting this need, as well as supporting the local economy."

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