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Edinburgh extends Pennywell and Muirhouse demolition programme

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August 12 2011

Edinburgh extends Pennywell and Muirhouse demolition programme
Works to reshape the disadvantaged Pennywell and Muirhouse district to the north of Edinburgh have been expanded by the city council with the decision to demolish an additional six blocks of flats on the estate.

The £2.1m project will build on planned regeneration work in the area, which includes provision of 500 new homes to the north and south of the area as part of the 21st Century Homes initiative.

Dozens more new homes will be built on the additional cleared land, each constructed to match the Scottish Government’s energy targets.

A consultation of the 60 tenants and occupiers of Muirhouse Parkway and Pennywell Gardens found 63% were in favour of demolition, with just 28% arguing for retention.

Councillor Paul Edie, the city's housing leader, said: "I always have mixed feelings about demolitions because a lot of people have lived happy lives, brought up children, celebrated birthdays and such like within these buildings. But the standard of the new homes is so high and it is much better to improve things and build better homes."

2 Comments

DG79
#1 Posted by DG79 on 16 Aug 2011 at 15:47 PM
Can you clarify this story please. Sighthill is in the west of Edinburgh, south of the Gyle. Muirhouse parkway and Pennywell gardens are in the Muirhouse/Pennywell area in the north of the city, funnily enough. So now begs the question which area is actually going to have the demolitions, I am presuming Muirhouse? Please correct
reporter
#2 Posted by reporter on 16 Aug 2011 at 16:29 PM
The text has been corrected. Thank you for the comment.

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