Plans approved for Western Villages net zero housing development in Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 6 Jul 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The City of Edinburgh Council in the UK has secured planning consent for Western Villages, a 'net zero' housing development in Scotland.

The new development is expected to become the Scotland’s largest net zero housing development and regeneration project.

It is being developed in partnership CCG (Scotland) and architect Cooper Cromar.

Western Villages will comprise 444 flats in a mix of one-, two- and three- bedroom apartments.

This project features a mix of 62 mid-market rent apartments, 63 market rent apartments, 195 social apartments and 124 private sale tenures apartments.

It will be a part of the Granton Waterfront Regeneration, where more than 3,500 homes will be developed over the next ten years.

It is designed with greater emphasis on pedestrian and cycle movement, electrical car charging, car club accessibility and public transport.

The new homes will have low-carbon heating, enhanced fabric performance, and renewable technology as part of a gas-free energy strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The mix of new homes are designed to the principles of CCG’s newly-launched ‘Net Zero Home’ house building standard.

CCG managing director David Wylie said: “House building is going to play a major part in achieving our ambitious target of becoming a ‘net zero’ economy by 2045.

“With gas being removed from new build homes as early as 2024, it places greater emphasis on collaborative working as the partners on this project have demonstrated; utilising the CCG Net Zero Home building standard to create an affordable, scalable and practical solution that can ultimately be delivered now for any residential development.

“We commend the City of Edinburgh Council for their bold commitment and share their aspirations for a more sustainable future for Scotland.”

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Rendering of Western Villages net zero housing development in Scotland. Credit: The City of Edinburgh Council.

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