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A new 24-apartment development has been agreed in Leith, Edinburgh, to provide accessible living for elderly and disabled adults.

The deal was secured by property development company HBV, which will build the specialist apartment for people with learning and physical disabilities.

Tenants will be referred to the scheme by adult social care commissioners at Edinburgh City Council.

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HBV has delivered over 50 individual supported living developments in England, comprising of more than 1,000 apartments and bungalows. Local authority adult social care commissioners refer residents to the schemes.

Alastair Sheehan, Business Development Director of HBV, said: “We are delighted to get work started on our first scheme in Scotland and we hope this will be the first of many. We have received tremendous support and encouragement from Edinburgh City Council and the wider community.

“Our development provides the opportunity for local adults in with disabilities to have their own home, but with the added benefit of 24-hour on-site support staff.  When blended at the outset with our assistive technology offering, outcomes for tenants are greatly enhanced.”

The need for more accessible housing has been making headlines across the news, with both the Centre for Ageing Better and Habinteg warning of an accessible housing crisis in the UK and calling for a change to planning policy.

In May, the Scottish Conservatives also revealed that 80 percent more disabled people in Scotland are waiting for suitable housing over two-year period.

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