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17/08/2017

Scottish capital’s business plan calls for 20,000 affordable homes

Words: Roger Milne
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Edinburgh’s new coalition administration has published a five-year business plan for the city that commits to the construction of 20,000 affordable new homes and extending the tram network to Newhaven.

It also includes improving waste services and investing £100 million in the highways network.

Under this new blueprint, the administration will prioritise the use of brownfield sites and work with public sector and private landowners to develop land for affordable housing.

The document promises a review of the council’s policy on promoting mixed communities and improved planning enforcement to ensure that all developments conform to Edinburgh’s planning policies and developers’ commitments.

The City of Edinburgh Council said it would work with the government to review planning policy and overhaul the planning appeal system to make it more streamlined, independent and give communities the right to appeal. The document also commits the city council to protecting the city’s World Heritage status.

The full document is available to read on the council website.

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