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Edinburgh green belt housing scheme controversy intensifies

Words: Roger Milne

The City of Edinburgh Council is coming under increasing pressure to throw out plans for a major housing development on the outskirts of the capital.

Proposals for the first phase of the so-called Garden District, paving the way for 1,320 homes to be built on green belt land between the City Bypass and Gogar Station Road, were given the thumbs-up by the city’s planning committee on Monday (16 May), despite a recommendation for refusal by city planners.

But the scheme, put forward by developer Murray Estates – owned by former Rangers chairman Sir David Murray – still has to be signed off by the full council next month.

The proposals will also require the agreement of the Scottish Government, which has yet to approve the capital’s local development plan, which is expected to be rubber-stamped shortly.

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