Construction is set to start on a mix of 49 affordable properties in Livingston. How will the housing project transform a brownfield site into sustainable homes?
Housebuilder Cruden Group is working on behalf of Link Group Ltd on the £8.7 million development. It will see energy-efficient new homes built on a disused brownfield site.
It is said that the development will provide a range of sustainable flats, and the one and two-bedroomed homes will provide residents with high-quality accommodation for social rent.
The development is ideally positioned near amenities and transport links
Cruden Group is one of Scotland’s largest development and construction groups, and since 1943 it has built or modernised over 130,000 properties.
Managing Director of Cruden Homes, Fraser Lynes, explained that the development is ideally positioned: “This exciting development will transform a previously empty site to bring quality, new homes to the local area. Craigshill is a strong location with plenty of amenities nearby to cater to the everyday needs of residents.”
These new homes will make a great addition to the surrounding community, providing attractive and sustainable living space at a time when it is needed most.
In addition, it has strong transport links to its surrounding communities, and the nearby train stations at Livingston and Uphall offer easy access to Edinburgh and Glasgow city centres.
On-site facilities will also be provided by the homes, such as green spaces, EV charging points, bike storage, and on-site parking.
Group Commercial Director of Link Group, Colin Culross, added that this project reflects Link’s ambition of amplifying the transition to meeting decarbonisation targets: “Link is delighted to continue its partnership with Cruden Homes to deliver much-needed affordable housing at Sydney Street.”
The new homes will be energy efficient delivering zero emissions heating systems which assists with our sustainability journey towards net zero, a key focus for Link.
More affordable housing developments are needed to tackle the housing crisis
It is no secret that Scotland and beyond are currently facing a huge housing crisis. To tackle this, the Scottish Government’s Housing to 2040 sets out Scotland’s first long-term national housing strategy.
It outlines a vision for what it wants its housing to look like and how it will be provided to the people of Scotland.
The vision and route map aim to deliver the ambition for everyone to have a safe, good quality and affordable home that meets their needs.
However, seeing developments become a reality is needed to tackle the housing crisis and ensure that people get the houses they desperately need.
Developments like this one which focus not only on becoming more sustainable but also delivering more affordable homes are vital for communities.