Council homes project in running for award

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The project to create the first council houses in Edinburgh in a generation is up for a national award.

The city council’s 21st Century Homes scheme is one of six finalists in the Excellence in Housing Finance and Development category of the 2011 UK Housing Awards, which will be announced in November. Up to 1300 mixed tenure homes for sale or rent will be built across Edinburgh under the scheme, at sites in Gracemount, North Sighthill, and Pennywell/Muirhouse, as well as other parts of the city.

Councillor Paul Edie, the city’s housing leader, said: “It’s great news that our exciting 21st Century Homes programme has been recognised.

“This nomination is testament to the hard work by our housing and regeneration teams to come up with forward-thinking plans that will see the first new council homes for a generation built in Edinburgh.”