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21/04/2016

Development blues as Scottish capital waits for new strategy sign-off by ministers

Words: Roger Milne
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Proposals for a 1,350-home development on green belt land on the edge of Edinburgh are back in the melting pot after plans were withdrawn from this week’s city council development management sub-committee meeting.

The project involved was Murray Estate’s proposal for the first phase of a 300-hectare garden district development on a 54-hectare site next to Royal Bank of Scotland’s Edinburgh headquarters at Gogar Station Road.

The scheme was recommended for refusal after planners concluded that the proposals would be “significantly contrary to the development plan” and would prejudice work on the revised strategy currently waiting sign-off by the Scottish government.

The plans were due to be considered by the council on Monday (18 April), but were withdrawn from the agenda after the applicant made a complaint – subsequently withdrawn – about the contents of the report.

Jestyn Davies, managing director at Murray Estates, said: “We did withdraw our complaint on the basis that the facts about our application were clarified at the start of the meeting.

“Any delay is regrettable, but it does not change the compelling case that there is for our proposals. This is a well-planned, world-class extension to the nation’s capital, and we are keen to work with the council to meet its housing shortfall of 4,500 homes.”

Meanwhile, there is growing concern over the impact of the government’s delay in signing off the capital’s latest development plan, which local groups fear is leading to a free-for-all over new development.

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