More New Builds
The first phase of our new builds at Wildflower Crescent in Ormiston have now been allocated, and we’re getting handover on Scottish Housing Day (barring unforeseen events, of course). They were hugely popular with Homehunt applicants, attracting hundreds of bids, and are built to high energy efficiency standards, including solar panels on each roof. And there’s still phases two and three to go. By the end of the financial year we expect to have allocated 36 new build properties (30 in Ormiston and 6 in Haddington)!
And don’t forget, even if you don’t want to live in Ormiston or Haddington, new builds can free up properties in other areas if one of our tenants with transfer priority is allocated a new build. Each phase of the recent new builds has had one or two transfer tenants, meaning that there are more relet properties available across East Lothian.
For example (not based on real tenants):
Mr & Mrs Smith in a 3 bedroom home in Musselburgh want to move to a ground floor property because Mr Smith has a bad knee and is having problems with the stairs. As all their children except for the youngest who is at college have moved out, they’d also like to downsize to a more manageable property. They’re awarded transfer priority on underoccupancy grounds with a medical need for a ground floor property and are successful in applying for a new build 2 bedroom bungalow in Ormiston. This frees up their 3 bedroom home in Musselburgh.
Mr & Mrs Jones live in a 2 bedroom home in Tranent and have a 5 year old and newborn twins. They want to move to Haddington as they have family there who can help out with their growing family. They get transfer priority on overcrowding grounds and are successful when they bid on one of the new build 3 bedroom homes in Haddington. This frees up a 2 bedroom home in Tranent.