First new Melville homes completed since start of pandemic

Monday March 29th 2021

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(From left to right) Melville development manager Neil Edgar, new Melville tenant Claire Boulton and Melville chief executive John McMorrow.


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Delighted Melville Housing Association tenants have moved into the first new homes completed by the Dalkeith-based social housing provider since the start of the COVID pandemic.

10 of the 26 new Melville homes at Taylor Wimpey’s Pentland Green development have now been handed over, with the remainder expected by the summer. The £3.5m development is in Bilston, Midlothian.

Made possible thanks to Scottish Government funding of £1.935m, these latest homes help towards meeting the exceptionally high demand for social housing locally and build on a successful partnership between Melville and Taylor Wimpey which has already delivered over 100 high quality, affordable homes across Midlothian.

“These new affordable homes, made possible thanks to Scottish Government funding and excellent partnership working, are a welcome boost to the local area,” said John McMorrow, Chief Executive of Melville Housing. “The COVID pandemic has not been easy for anyone but I’m both delighted and proud that we’ve been able to meet the challenges head on.

“The huge numbers on Midlothian’s social housing waiting list demonstrate the desperate need for good quality, affordable housing such as these at Pentland Green, and we will continue to do everything we can to respond to this demand.”

The 26 Melville properties at Pentland Green are made up of:

– 4 x 2 person/1bedroom flats
– 8 x 3 person/2bedroom flats
– 6 x 4 person/2bedroom houses
– 8 x 5 person/3bedroom houses

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