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Go-ahead for largest net-zero housing development in Scottish capital

Words: Roger Milne
Western Village CGI / Edinburgh City Council

Proposals to create Scotland’s largest net-zero housing development in Edinburgh have been approved by city planners.

The 444-home Western Villages scheme is being led by the City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with Glasgow-based contractor CCG (Scotland) and architect Cooper Cromar.

The development will form part of the Granton Waterfront Regeneration, where more than 3,500 homes are set to be created over the next 10 years, delivering one, two and three-bedroom flats, including wheelchair-accessible ground-floor dwellings, available in a mix of social, mid-market rent, market rent and private sale tenures.

Designed within a masterplan that will take advantage of parkland and sea views. Plans put greater emphasis placed on pedestrian and cycle movement with electrical car charging, car club accessibility and public transport in favour of traditional car parking which is reduced across the development.

The homes will be designed to the principles of CCG’s newly launched ‘Net Zero Home’ housebuilding standard.

Developed in collaboration with energy and sustainability consultancy Carbon Futures, the Net Zero Home focuses on enhanced fabric performance, low-carbon heating and renewable technology as part of a gas-free energy strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a rate less than or equal to zero per year.

This first phase of Granton Waterfront will act as a blueprint for future sustainable development, the city council insisted.

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