Blindwells affordable housing plans gather pace

CRUDEN Homes will start on site this month at Blindwells in a project to deliver 60 new affordable homes on behalf of East Lothian Council, following the latest land sale by developer Hargreaves Land.

The project, which comprises 32 houses and 28 cottage flats, will take around 20 months to complete, with the first phase of homes due in spring 2022.

Blindwells, located 10 miles east of Edinburgh, has outline planning permission for 1,600 homes. Hargreaves Land’s proposals also include new education facilities, a healthcare hub, retail outlets and a range of other services.

Iain Slater, development and estates director at Hargreaves Land, said, “Good quality affordable housing is in short supply in East Lothian, so we are incredibly pleased to be making it available here at Blindwells. We have recently welcomed Bellway to site and work is progressing well on their Prince’s Gate scheme, whilst excellent progress is being made on a number of other elements of the scheme. Affordable housing has always been an important aspect of the development, but to be able to announce that we will have homes available for occupation at Blindwells as early as spring next year, is fantastic news.”

In February, Hargreaves Land exchanged a conditional sale contract with Persimmon for a 12.9-acre plot, where there is capacity for a further 192 homes including 30 designated as affordable.

Fraser Lynes of Cruden Homes added, “The Cruden Group have a successful, long-standing, relationship with East Lothian Council and are very proud to be delivering much needed Affordable Housing at Blindwells.”