Construction ‘well underway’ on 57 new social rent homes in Midlothian

WORK is underway on the construction of 57 new affordable homes in Midlothian, being built by CALA Homes (East) on behalf of Dunedin Canmore, part of Wheatley Group.

Comprising 16 cottage flats, 13 terraced homes and 28 apartments, the homes form part of the Mauricewood Masterplan in Penicuik and are situated adjacent to CALA’s Belwood Oaks development.

All the apartments and homes will be for social rent with the provision of electric vehicle charging facilities for future tenants.

Stephen Faller, land manager for CALA Homes (East), said, “Our work in Penicuik is seeing us deliver popular private family homes, alongside unlocking around £9m of financial contributions to Midlothian Council towards improvements to education, transport and local community facilities in the locale. It is now great to see the construction of the affordable homes well underway after months of planning and detailed design work with our partner Dunedin Canmore.

“These new affordable properties will provide a welcome boost to many families on social housing waiting lists and the  broad mix of one, two and three-bed apartments and terraced homes will ensure we are catering for a wide range in the Penicuik area.”

David Fletcher, Wheatley Group director of development, added, “It is great to see CALA starting work on these new homes, which will help meet the high demand for affordable homes in Midlothian. These 57 homes, part of nearly 400 Dunedin Canmore will build in the region over the next three years, will make a significant difference in the lives of our customers and their families. We’re delighted this project is being supported both by Midlothian Council and by over £3.9 million in Scottish Government grant funding.”