Edinburgh council pilots ‘whole house refurbishment’

A COUNCIL is set to spend around £128million over the next 12 months on an initiative to improve social housing and build new affordable homes.

Under Edinburgh City Council’s plans, improvements will be made to more than 3,000 social housing units, making them greener, safer and more accessible.

The investment plan will also advance the council’s housing construction strategy, supporting the development, construction and delivery of new, more sustainable and affordable housing to address the city’s housing pressures and combat the cost of living crisis.

The council aims to be one of the first local authorities in Scotland to pilot a ‘whole house retrofit’ approach to support the council’s net zero carbon commitment.

Kate Campbell, Housing Manager, said: ‘We are really stepping up to improve the condition of people’s homes and move our homebuilding agenda forward, so that residents can have permanent homes that are energy efficient, safe and affordable.

“Our ambition has been to deliver 20,000 new affordable homes by 2027 and we are on track to achieve this despite the pandemic and Brexit which have been very difficult for construction.

“And now we have to go through a cost of living crisis, so we have set a rent freeze for our tenants to help them through this crisis. But, in the longer term, all the work we’re doing now to make homes much more sustainable will also help us reduce fuel bills. The steps we take to make better use of shared green spaces are also important for the well-being of tenants.

“Our investment plan for the coming year will make a big difference to our tenants, both to their quality of life in their homes and to their cost of living.”

Mandy Watt, Deputy Head of Housing, said: “There are huge pressures on housing in Edinburgh and those on low incomes continue to be hardest hit by high rents and high bills. Housing construction has a role to play in providing more affordable and energy-efficient homes, and in helping us meet the city’s growing demand for housing.

“Although financing and the supply of land remain two major challenges, we are making a great effort to maximize the number of units we can deliver. But we are also investing in existing homes and revolutionizing housing to provide safer, warmer and more pleasant places to live.

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