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New, Affordable Homes Coming to Edinburgh

Kelvin Properties – the firm behind a string of coveted high-end residential developments in the firm’s native Glasgow – has completed the purchase of a site in Canonmills that was formerly home to a charity’s furniture warehouse, where it plans to build 48 new apartments including 12 affordable apartments. A fifth of the homes are larger three-bedroom properties suitable for families.

The Logie Green Road proposals tie in with objectives set out in the City of Edinburgh Council’s proposed 2030 plan, published in September last year, which prioritised the regeneration of urban brownfield sites to tackle a shortage of housing in the nation’s capital.

Kelvin Properties identified the site last year as the ideal location for the developer’s first Edinburgh project. The developer hopes to use its experience and expertise to play an important role in the city’s regeneration plans. A planning application was submitted to Edinburgh City Council in October, and we were able to achieve our ‘minded to consent’ permission in December – meaning the project will now go ahead subject to finalising a legal agreement for the delivery of the affordable housing.

The site at 67 Logie Green Road, in the north of the city, was formerly used by charity Four Square – which supports homeless people in the city – for its Edinburgh Furniture Initiative (EFI). The EFI will now move to more suitable premises in the west of the city, with Four Square using proceeds generated from the sale of the Logie Green site to fund new hostel accommodation for homeless people in Edinburgh.

The proposed new Logie Green Road properties will include high-quality, external green amenity spaces on a raised amenity deck, balconies and roof terraces. It will have strong sustainability credentials too, with limited car parking to encourage alternative transport use, as well as secure bike storage and electric vehicle charging points.

The six-storey building will also feature solar panels on the roof to help power the property, as well as blue roofs, rain gardens and permeable paving.

Work at the site is expected to begin this summer.