An empty property is to be transformed into six affordable houses thanks to nearly half a million pounds from the Scottish Government.
The building in Bogwood Road, Mayfield, which was once used as a house of multiple occupancy, has posed problems for the local community in the past.
But that is set to change, as Castle Rock Edinvar HA will receive a £241,000 grant and a loan of £245,000 as part of the Town Centre Empty Homes Fund. The project is the only one of its kind in the Lothians to receive this funding.
Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council chairman Robert Hogg welcomed the news. He said: “Obviously we want the building to be put back into use. It has been raised at community council meetings in the past.
“And with the pub across the road lying empty too, it just doesn’t look good. It doesn’t give a good image.
“So anything that makes the place look better is welcomed. And with it being affordable houses, which are badly needed here, then the community council fully backs this. It’s welcome news. It will improve the area, make it more pleasing on the eye.”
Adam Lang, head of communications and policy at Shelter Scotland, added: “Bringing empty homes back into use is not just about adding to the available housing stock. It’s about regenerating communities into places that people feel proud to call home.”
A spokesman for Midlothian Council said: “We supported Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association’s bid for renovating an empty building at Bogwood Road, Mayfield.
“Empty properties are a wasted asset when we have high demand for affordable housing and can make a neighbourhood a less attractive place to live. We are delighted that the empty building will be transformed into six attractive homes which will help meet the need for affordable housing in Mayfield.”
The award is part of the Government’s £4 million fund to transform abandoned and empty town centre properties throughout the country.
It is hoped the money will help create more than 85 new affordable homes on a total of ten sites.