Affordable housing plan ‘on track’, says Edinburgh council

A TARGET 20,000 new ‘affordable homes’ in Edinburgh, by the year 2027, is ‘on track’ to be delivered, according to the city’s local authority.

Says The City of Edinburgh Council, the target is still progressing, as hoped for, “despite [a] nationwide construction slowdown”.

Says an announcement (here): “The Strategic Housing Investment Plan 2022-2027 highlights the progress being made which includes the projection that 7,500 new affordable homes will be approved by 31 March 2022 and 5,790 completed. There are currently over 2,100 homes under construction on 34 sites across the city. 

“A strong pipeline has also been identified of 11,118 affordable homes that could be approved for site start and 10,124 potential completions by 2027.

“Despite over 18 months of disruption for the entire Scottish house building sector, it is anticipated that the delivery of the interim milestone of 10,000 homes will be achieved midway through 2023.

“There are currently 25 projects, equating to 1,456 approvals, that have been delayed, primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 75 per cent of these projects have just slipped into the subsequent year.”

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