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Edinburgh’s Lord Provost opens Sandilands Close housing development

Manor Estates’ new development provides 128 units.

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Edinburgh’s new Lord Provost, Councillor Frank Ross, has officially opened Manor Estates Housing Associations new £15 million housing development.

The 128-unit development, built in three distinct phases, consists of 48 homes for social rent and 78 for mid-market letting.

Funded by £5 million from CEC and private finance of £9 million provided by Santander, this mixed tenure development helps, in part, to address Edinburgh’s acute and growing housing shortage, where, on average, there are 158 bids for each council or RSL property becoming available for let.

Constructed by Persimmon Homes (East of Scotland) and with development services being provided by Dunedin Canmore Housing Association, the completion of these homes means that the Manor Estates Group now owns and manages 1,100 homes throughout Edinburgh and Fife.

Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Frank Ross, helped to plant some trees at the official opening ceremony. He said:

“The draw of Scotland’s capital city is only going to increase, and we need think seriously about our housing needs over the next 10, 20, even, 30 years’ time.

“Our City Vision initiative aims to provide the city with a clear, long-term plan to guide investment for the years to come. As part of this, we need to accelerate house building to provide the increase in affordable homes Edinburgh so desperately needs. I am delighted to see this strategic thinking is already in action with the opening of Sandilands Close.

“This development is a great example of collaboration between the public and private sectors and will provide excellent and affordable facilities for citizens now – and for many years to come. It has been a pleasure to officially open the site, and I would like to thank and congratulate everyone involved.”

Nigel Hicks, MEHA Chairman, said: 

“Manor Estates is delighted to cement its place as one of the leading social housing providers in Edinburgh. We hope that the new tenants now housed in their safe, warm, affordable and sustainable property will create a new home for themselves and their families.” 

Pictured: Lord Provost Councillor Frank Ross (left) and MEHA Chairman Nigel Hicks (right) officially open Sandilands Close.