Net-zero homes plan for Granton receives planning approval

PLANNING permission has been approved for 75 homes described as ‘net-zero’, to be built in the north of Edinburgh.

The housing – a demonstrator project, to be assessed for its performance – is to be part of regeneration plans for the Granton area of the city, which is estimated to be a £1.3bn project.

Says an City of Edinburgh Council announcement: “The Granton D1 project is the first Edinburgh Home Demonstrator (EHD) pilot which will see the construction of 75 net-zero carbon homes and three retail units in Granton.

“The project is led by the City of Edinburgh Council with support from construction and academic partners and is part of the council ambitions to deliver 20,000 affordable homes by 2027.”

The announcement continues: “The project is being undertaken in partnership with CCG (Scotland) Ltd to test this new business model for building affordable, net-zero homes. 

“A large proportion of the construction will be carried out off site in a factory setting reducing the overall  time it takes to build the homes. The homes will also include zero-emissions heating. This will help to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and support the city’s 2030 net-zero target.

“The pilot is also supported by a team from Edinburgh Napier University that will analyse the energy performance to validate and inform the net-zero carbon strategy for future EHD projects.

“The EHD project aims to deliver 1,000 affordable net-zero carbon homes across the six council areas in the City Region Deal.”