Housebuilder agrees £3m deal to build 19 affordable homes

CALA Homes (East) has confirmed an agreement worth almost £3 million with a locally-based housing association to deliver affordable homes near the Queensferry Crossing.

The developer, which has recently started construction on its Queensferry Heights project on land made available after the Queensferry Crossing’s completion, will partner with Manor Estates Housing Association (MEHA) to deliver 19 homes, comprising 15 mid-market and four social rented properties

Comprising 15 apartments and four terraced homes, construction of the affordable homes has been brought forward to meet demand and ‘minimise’ construction-related disruption to the surrounding area, Cala revealed.

The homes will be handed over to MEHA in early 2024 and are set to ‘blend seamlessly’ with the wider development. A further 25 affordable homes, taking the site total to 44, will be delivered later in the build programme.

Derek Lawson, strategic land director at Cala Homes (East), said, “This is an important chapter in this development and we are delighted to have a renowned, locally-based housing association on board. There is a distinct shortage of housing, both private and affordable – and we look forward to welcoming families into these homes and benefiting from living at this location.”

Claire Ironside, chief executive of MEHA, added, “It is very exciting to be involved in the project and to play our part in providing much needed affordable housing in this area and contributing to the City of Edinburgh’s Strategic Housing Investment Programme (SHIP). It follows our mission to provide excellent quality affordable homes and services that create safe, resilient and inclusive communities.”