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Balerno housing development approved

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Approval has been granted for a new housing development in Balerno, near Edinburgh.

The CALA Homes development will see 206 new homes built to meet “soaring” market demand, on a site located off Lanark Road West and adjacent to Old Newmills Road.

The site, which was identified in the City of Edinburgh Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP), also includes plans for a 3.1 hectare linear park with play facilities.

Craig Lynes, land director at CALA Homes (East), commented, “We have had a strong presence in the Balerno area for many years. In recognition of this, we have supported many local causes and community events in addition to our long-running sponsorship of Currie RFC.

“Most recently CALA supported the Balerno Village Trust in purchasing football and hockey goals for the new 2G pitch at Balerno High School. This support to the local community will continue throughout the life of the development, as we understand our important role in ensuring the best possible long term outcomes for the area.”

Affordable housing on site will consist of 51 new homes in two locations within the site, made up of 15 one-bedroom apartments, 27 two-bedroom apartments, six semi-detached homes and three terraced homes.

Private housing will consist of a range of one and two-bedroom apartments, main door cottage and mews apartments, along with three-bedroom terraced homes, four-bedroom townhouses and four and five-bedroom detached homes.

Mr Lynes added, “It is also so important to address the housing shortfall. This development will help provide homes for a wide demographic from affordable homes for first time buyers, a mix of family homes and a wide range of apartments for downsizers. By helping meet that market demand, we will free up further properties throughout the market.

“It was very important to us that these plans were passed at the local level, as opposed to an appeal to the Scottish Government.”

CALA Homes is hopeful that work will begin on site in Spring/Summer 2017. However, the schedule is still to be confirmed.

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