Plans for 142 net zero homes in Edinburgh regeneration project

The City of Edinburgh Council’s proposals for a new £1.3bn net zero housing development have been laid out and approved by city planners.

Plans are part of the Granton Waterfront regeneration project, a new seaside town being built in the city with active travel routes, public transport links and local amenities.

So far, the council has invested £250m in surrounding neighbourhoods and plans to deliver 3,500 net zero homes in total, commercial space, a coastal park, creative and cultural spaces and key services, like a school and health centre.

aerial view of city buildings during daytime

Cllr Jane Meagher, Housing, Homelessness and Fair Work Convener, said: ‘I’m delighted with today’s decision. We’ve reached another major milestone on our Granton Waterfront project to deliver much needed sustainable affordable housing in the area. I recently visited our Western Villages development nearby and was very pleased to see we’re already starting work there to deliver 444 net zero homes on the site.

‘The homes that we build here will make such a difference for wheelchair users and others who find it so difficult to get a home that meets their needs. Our proposals for the site have been carefully designed to improve the quality of the surrounding green space and to make it easier for people to walk or cycle around the area.’

This follows work construction work starting on the £72m 444 home Western Villages project, which will see energy efficient homes built with triple-glazed windows, renewable energy sources, heat pumps and ventilation.

Proposals are in line with the council’s aims of building 20,000 affordable homes by 2027 and in becoming a net zero city by 2030.

Hart Builders will begin work on the Granton Waterfront project in 2023 and will deliver sustainable housing, including wheelchair accessible ground floor homes and some homes marketed at social rent and mid-market rent.

Photo by Trey Musk


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