St James developer to build 41 new council homes

41 new properties will be created at Beaverbank Place. Picture; Google Maps
41 new properties will be created at Beaverbank Place. Picture; Google Maps
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DEVELOPERS behind the massive St James Centre overhaul are to build dozens of council homes in the Capital.

TH Real Estate will build 41 properties on a site at Beaverbank Place in Canonmills in a bid to help alleviate the city’s housing crisis.

Work on the homes – which will be managed by Dunedin Canmore Housing Association – is expected to start next year.

The developer agreed to build the homes as part of its planning application for the St James overhaul.

Martin Perry, director of Development for TH Real Estate, said: “As the population of Edinburgh continues to grow, it is important that we work to support the council in accelerating the provision of affordable housing in the 
city.

“Beaverbank Place will provide high quality, low-cost homes, in a central, sought after location and we are delighted to be able to offer such a strong affordable housing component as part of Edinburgh St James.”

Edinburgh’s population is expected to grow by up to 30 per cent over the next 20 years.

The Evening News has previously reported that 30,000 new homes would be needed in the Capital by 2024.

Planning permission for the 41 new homes was welcomed by former city council leader Andrew Burns before last week’s elections.

He said: “The Edinburgh St James development is a hugely important project for the Capital which will make a major contribution to the local jobs market and deliver millions of pounds to the local economy, as well as providing more council homes, which the city so desperately needs.

“The Beaverbank Place site is a great example of how the council and our partners are delivering on the joint commitment to build 16,000 new affordable homes in Edinburgh over the next ten years.

“The site won’t just deliver dozens of homes – we expect it to generate benefits to the local community, improving the area and supporting jobs and local businesses. I look forward to seeing the scheme progress.”

Dunedin Canmore Housing Association is responsible for managing around 8000 homes across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife.

Managing director Hazel Young said: “We are really pleased to be working on this project and building the new affordable homes.

“We are proud to play our part in tackling the acute shortage of affordable housing in Edinburgh city centre.”

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